The W Series has confirmed the FIA super licence points allocation associated with the championship which enters its second season this year.
The all-female series has been made eligible for super licence points, with the overall winner set to receive 15 points, a down payment on the total of 40 points necessary to secure the precious FIA licence which allows a driver to potentially take part in Formula 1 events.
The first eight drivers in the W Series championship will all receive super licence points, ranging from 15 to 1.
Reigning W Series champion – and Williams development driver – Jamie Chadwick will defend her title this year.
“Personally, I’m delighted that W Series has been further recognised by the FIA via the allocation of Super Licence points, the holy grail in any driver’s aspiration to become a Formula 1 driver,” commented W Series advisory board chairman David Coulthard.
“Irrespective of where our current W Series drivers may race in future, the FIA’s decision confirms my absolute belief that W series is essential in developing female talent and giving female drivers the opportunity to develop their skills so as to become successful professional racing drivers in the future.
“I would like to thank the FIA president, Jean Todt, for his vision and support ahead of what is only the second season of the W Series championship.”
The FIA Formula 2 Championship and the US IndyCar series are the top categories in terms of super licence points with the winner of either championship earning 40 points outright.
The Japanese Super Formula series, Indy Lights, the Nascar Cup and the WTCC/WTCR all allocate super licence points to their top championship finishers.
W Series will kick off its season in Russia, at St Petersburg, on May 29/30.