There is one more round to go in the W Series season before the summer break. After two rounds in Austria and one in Silverstone, we’ve got plenty of things to watch out for in Budapest. Let’s take a look at what you should keep an eye out for this weekend…
Powell Vs Chadwick
Three rounds in and there are just six points separating Alice Powell and Jamie Chadwick. The 2019 defending Champion has performed well since her first race mishap back in Austria. But Alice is not letting up in her pursuit for the Championship with two wins to her name already this season.
Both drivers will be hungry for at least another trip to the podium this weekend, if not the win itself. But can anybody else on the grid spoil the party for them?
The best contenders for that at the moment are Sarah Moore and Fabienne Wohlwend – the latter of which came tantalisingly close to winning last time out. Whilst the championship is far from over, the battle between Powell and Chadwick this weekend will heavyweight bust up to watch.
Russian Roulette for Sidorkova?
8th, 2nd and 14th places are the finishing positions that rookie Sidorkova has managed so far this year. The Russian got off to an impressive start to her campaign. But she was let down a bit by a poor performance in Silverstone.
One must remember, though, that she’s still a rookie and has consistently finished ahead of more experienced drivers in all three rounds so far. Like the main championship contenders, Sidorkova will be looking for a solid weekend to act as a confidence booster heading into the summer break.
Keep your eyes peeled on here as you never know what might happen.
Wohlwend for the win?
With podiums in two of the first three races, it will be shocking if Fabienne Wohlwend doesn’t get up onto the top step sometime in the 2021 season. Could she do it this weekend? It’s very likely.
She led for much of the Silverstone race before being caught by Alice Powell, which shows that she’s got the pace to not only lead a race but to stay there for a long time. Now that she knows a bit more about what it’s like to battle with Powell, if she comes up against her again this weekend, she might be able to defeat her on track.
Wohlwend is quickly becoming a fan favourite so it would be awesome to see it happen. Either way, Fabienne is going to another driver to keep your eye on this weekend as she just might spice things up in a brilliant way.
As it stands coming into Budapest, three drivers haven’t scored any points so far this season. Sabre Cook, Jessica Hawkins and Marta Garcia are all in the danger zone.
Perhaps the most surprising of these is Garcia who was thought to be a title contender ahead of the new season. As for Hawkins and Cook, both drivers raced in the 2019 season so don’t have the luxury of being a rookie on their side.
If they hope to be on the grid in 2022, they will need to put all of their energy and focus into staying out of trouble and scoring points this weekend. Otherwise, the pressure on them will only increase further after the summer break when the opportunities become fewer and fewer to impress.
Best of the Rest
There are a multitude of other drivers on the W Series grid, and all have had a mixed bag of it so far this season. Budapest will be a great opportunity for each of them to put their visors down, race hard and prove that they’ve got what it takes to be there.
The likes of Ayla Agren, Bruna Tomaselli, Vicky Piria and Beitske Visser have all flown somewhat under the radar this season. It will be fascinating to see which of these – and the other – drivers can capitalise best this weekend, and for us as fans to see if there will be any unexpected surprises in store.