W Series has abandoned plans to support the French Grand Prix and instead will hold its season opener at the Red Bull Ring in support of the Styrian Grand Prix.
The series was previously scheduled to race at the Spielberg circuit on July 3 alongside the Austrian Grand Prix, but will now travel a week earlier to kick off its second season and first racing action since 2019.
The announcement comes after the French GP was brought forward a week from June 18 to 20 to facilitate the extra Formula 1 race in Austria to replace the canceled Turkish Grand Prix.
“Today we are just 40 days away from the first race of our historic new partnership with Formula 1, which demonstrates not only the power of our mission, but also the excitement of our races,” said Catherine Bond Muir. , CEO of the W series.
“This week’s pre-season test is essential preparation for the challenges our drivers will face this season, and a reminder of the difficulty of the season.
“I know each of them enjoys the prospect of getting behind the wheel of our cars and bringing the W-Series mission to life.”
The W Series are on the Welsh Circuit in Anglesey for a five-day test this week that includes all but one of the drivers on the 2021 grid, with Tasmin Pepper being unable to show up due to travel restrictions.
The replacement will be British Formula 4 driver Abbi Pulling, a protégé of current W Series driver Alice Powell, while Poland’s Gosia Rdest and Australia’s Caitlin Wood were also invited to test after scoring points in the inaugural season of the W Series.