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Formula One announces women-only esports wildcard

Formula One have unveiled plans for a F1 Esports Series Women's Wildcard, a female-only qualification route into the Pro Exhibition, with the hope of increasing participation in women's sport.

Formula One announces women-only esports wildcard

Open only to female competitors, the qualification route will see competitors race to be apart of Formula One's environmental, social and governance programme, 'We Race As One'.

The fastest qualifier will go through to the Pro Exhibition in May, an event where 10 F1 Esports teams will have the opportunity to select from a pool of some of the fastest sim racers in the world.

Female competitors have featured in other F1 Esports events in the past, but thus far there have been no women racing in the professional ranks of the F1 Esports Series.

With the introduction of the Women’s Wildcard, it’s hoped that more female racers will be encouraged to take on F1 Esports from a grassroots level, with a view to being the first female driver to be selected by an official F1 Esports team.

The Women's Wildcard qualifier will be broadcast on 27th May via YouTube, Facebook, Twitch and Huya.

Author: Jake Wilkin