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‘Women’s Wildcard’ added to F1 Esports qualifying

A general view from the F1 Esports studio during broadcast of the F1 Esports Grand Final held at the GFinity Arena on December 16, 2020 in Fulham, England. (Photo by Formula 1 Esport/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

A new format has been introduced to the F1 Esports Series, it being a female-only qualifying into the Pro Championship, as part of the We Race As One movement.

The F1 Esports’ Pro Championship qualifying asks sim racers to set fastest times over a single lap, with them being open to competitors of any gender. However, Formula 1 now has introduced a female-only route into the Series; the qualifying format will be the same, but it’ll be only open to female sim racers.

The selected qualifiers will then move into the Pro Exhibition Trials, where teams can choose their drivers for the full Pro Championship season.

“This is the first female-only competition the sport has run, which Formula 1 hopes will encourage more drivers from the passionate talented female sim-racing community to engage with the F1 Esports Series at a grassroots level, in the hope of becoming the first ever driver to be signed by an official F1 Esports Series Team,” read the statement.

“The introduction of the F1 Esports Series Women’s Wild card follows the reaffirmed commitment to improving diversity and inclusion Formula 1 has made as part of the WeRaceAsOne initiative for 2021 and beyond.”

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