An all-new ‘Women’s Wildcard’ time trial event has been introduced to the list of possible qualification routes for the F1 Esports series, in a bid for more female participation.
Running from May 3-9, the online time trial event is open to any female competitor with the Codemasters F1 2020 game and the player who sets the fastest time will go through to the Pro Exhibition event.
This is the first female-only competition the F1 has run, with the hope that it will encourage more drivers from the female sim-racing community to engage with the F1 Esports Series at a grassroots level.
Along with competitors from the F1 Esports Challengers series and the DHL time trials as well as the Women’s Wildcard winner, the Pro Exhibition event on May 27 is to help the teams decide which driver(s) they should draft into their three-driver roster for the 2021 Pro Series.
Every team has to pick at least one new driver every year and the view is that the Women’s Wildcard will lead to the first female driver taking part in the Pro Series.
Currently, there are no female racers who are present in the F1 Esports Challengers series or who have been confirmed for any of the teams’ 2021 F1 Esports lineups.