The long, long wait for W Series to get back on the tarmac is going to be a little shorter with the sport announcing its pre-season test dates. The cars will descend on Valencia in April for a five-day session of testing. With COVID-19 cancelling the championship last year, this represents the first running since August 11th 2019.
The W Series pre-season test begins on the 26th of April 2021. The drivers will then have five consecutive days of running until the 30th of April. With such a long break between seasons, each of the five days will be crucial to shake the rust off for the drivers.
Circuit Ricardo Tormo plays host to the eighteen competitors. The track has been the venue for pre-season testing for Formula E and GP3 before, too. Any readers who are content with their motorsport being on two wheels will be familiar with the venue from its MotoGP round. The fourteen corners are varied enough to give the cars and pilots a thorough workout over its 4km length.
Catherine Bond Muir, the W Series CEO confirmed Jamie Chadwick’s attendance with as one of the test’s participants:
“It will be contested by all of the drivers who should have raced with us in 2020, including W Series’ reigning on-track champion Jamie Chadwick. I know that every one of them will be relishing the prospect of getting behind the wheel of our Tatuus T-318 Formula 3 race cars”
The W Series season opener at Le Castellet is on the 26th of June. It will be the first running for W Series as a support series for Formula One. As such, the racers will inevitably want to be as sharp as possible from their 2021 pre-season testing. A two-month break between the test and round one is a long time feel buoyed or deflated. Strong running throughout the test dates is vital.
Dave Ryan, the W Series Racing Director, W Series detailed the importance of testing:
“Our engineers and mechanics will now get ample opportunity to get W Series’ Tatuus T-318 Formula 3 race cars in perfect shape for the exciting season which lies ahead when W Series will stage eight Formula 1 support races. Five days of testing will ensure that our drivers, both old and new, can learn as much as possible about our cars and hone their driving technique, thereby enabling them to showcase their skills fully when W Series makes its debut on motor racing’s biggest stage in Le Castellet, France, in June.