3 Weeks After Lewis Hamilton’s Firm Stance on W Series, Former Nemesis Joins Forces to Laud the Progress of Women in Motorsport

Published 07/17/2023, 7:00 AM EDT

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Ever wondered why only men race in F1? The sport has been dominated by men ever since its beginning. But Lewis Hamilton is here to change things around. He vocally supports several good causes, ranging from veganism to gender inclusivity and the abolition of racial discrimination. And he has been one of the few stakeholders backing the growth of the W series, which is the all-female single-seater racing championship. But to his surprise, he has found support in the unlikeliest of places from his past nemesis.

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Hamilton has always said that he wants more female inclusion in the sport for its holistic growth. And he was the only driver to be seen in the W series paddock, as per Ted Kravitz. Even when the remainder of the 2022 W series was canceled because of a lack of funding, he slammed F1 and the FIA for poor administration. And now, joining him in promoting the W series is a former Mercedes teammate and rival, Nico Rosberg.

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In an interview with Marca, Rosberg said, “That’s right, the girls have made great progress. They are getting closer to the boys and closer to each other. They are the fastest women in the world. Look Lia Block, it’s a girl, the other day she was going to an interview with the chocolate ice cream she had still taken in her mouth. She is a great signing for the championship.”[translated via Google]

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It’s great to see that female drivers are getting the backing and attention they more than deserve. And finally, the W series has entered administration as well.

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In October 2022, the W Series was canceled abruptly, citing a lack of fundraising. And the remaining 3 events in Japan, America, and Mexico were called off. Hamilton made sure that he makes his displeasure known to the management.

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He said, as quoted by Motorsport, “There has not been enough focus on women in the sport the whole of F1’s life and there is not enough emphasis on it now. And they are not magnifying enough the great work that is being done there.” But finally this year, the W series has entered administration and should go smoothly like F1.

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Hamilton’s efforts have transformed into results. But the women of the sport deserve more recognition and due respect from all stakeholders. With more entities joining hands to promote the Women’s world championship, the future might be tough but is in safer hands.

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Yash Kotak

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Yash is a F1 writer at EssentiallySports. With a strong passion for communicating through written word and a keen interest in the world of motorsports, he thoroughly enjoys being a fan of F1 and covering it for other fans. Ever since he watched the 'INSIDE TRACKS' episode covering the 2018 German Grand Prix, he has fallen in love with the intriguingly complex world of F1.
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