W Series, the new all-female open-wheel series featuring Formula 3 cars, moves to Almeria in southern Spain this week as it enters the final stages of its driver-selection program ahead of the first race at Hockenheim in May.
Drivers from 16 countries will get their first experience behind the wheel of the brand-new 2019-spec Tatuus T-318 race car as they compete over the course of four intense track days to become one of just 18 athletes to contest the series, which boasts a prize fund of $1.5 million, including $500,000 for the overall winner.
“It’ll be much more of a race-focused program than before,” W Series Racing director Dave Ryan said of the final cut. “Obviously we’ll be recording lap times and the drivers’ pace will be important, but we’ll also be looking at their rate of improvement throughout the test, and the ability of each driver to work technically and productively with engineers and mechanics, in addition to their stamina and consistency over longer runs.”
At the test, the cars will debut the new W Series livery (pictured above), which will feature five distinct colors. Each combination allows space for prominence of the the driver’s name and national flag, as well as her own race number, to be chosen by each driver once the grid has been finalized.
The first day of testing starts in Almeria on Saturday, March 23, and the final W Series line-up will be announced on Thursday, March 28.