W Series, which launched in 2019, was created to highlight female motorsport talent and give drivers an opportunity to race and be seen on a wider stage. W Series becoming a support series to F1 puts the championship in front of an even larger audience, and the drivers right under the noses of the F1 team bosses.
Although the race schedule is yet to be confirmed, W Series CEO Catherine Bond Muir has said she is “delighted to be partnering with Formula 1 for 2021 and beyond.”
"Formula 1 is by some margin the world's premier motor racing series, and, when we promised that W Series would be bigger and better in the future, partnering with Formula 1 was always our ultimate objective. There is no doubt that, now that W Series will be run alongside and in collaboration with Formula 1, our global reach, impact and influence will be increased significantly.
"Everything that made W Series so popular and successful in 2019 will remain. The cars will be identical, the racing will be close and competitive, and our mission will always be to further the interests and prospects of female racing drivers. We want W Series to entertain, and entertain it will.
"But we also want it to become a crucial default-option stepping stone for any female racing driver who wants to carve out a professional racing career, and our proximity to Formula 1 will help and enhance that process. The fact that W Series is now eligible for FIA Super Licence points will also be an important factor in that regard.”