F1 introduce ‘Women’s wildcard’ to Esports qualifying · RaceFans

F1 Esports will characteristic a brand new, female-only route into the Professional competitors, as a part of the We Race As One initiative.

F1 Esports’ 2021 Professional Championship will start subsequent month, with a brand new Ladies’s Wildcard route added. The standard qualifiers, run in late 2020 for the 2021 season, ask sim racers to set the quickest occasions over a single lap and are open to opponents of any gender.

The Ladies’s Wildcard route can be run from third to ninth of Could, solely open to feminine opponents. Entrants will attempt to set the quickest lap, as normal and the lady who goes quickest can be invited to the Professional Exhibition trials, the place groups can assess drivers for his or her Professional Championship draft.

Ladies have competed in F1 Esports beforehand, together with aerodynamics scholar Katherine Ormerod who reached the 2019 Professional Draft playoffs races. Nevertheless, no girl has reached the draft stage of the competitors, when groups choose their drivers.

In a launch, F1 mentioned “That is the
first female-only competitors the game has run, which Components 1 hope will encourage extra drivers from the passionate and proficient feminine sim-racing neighborhood to interact with the F1 Esports Collection at a grassroots degree, within the hope of turning into the primary ever feminine driver to be signed by an Official F1 Esports
Collection Staff.”

They confirmed that the transfer is a part of F1’s total variety drive, “The introduction of the F1 Esports Collection Ladies’s Wildcard follows the reaffirmed dedication to bettering variety and inclusion Components 1 has made as a part of the WeRaceAsOne initiative for 2021 and past.”

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