This could be the year a female racer wins the Series Pro championship.
And thanks to the continued effort for equality within esports, F1 Esports Series has brought back the Women’s Wildcard, though slightly different from the 2021 event. This year features a week-long event (which began on Tuesday, 31st May) in which women and girls from all over the globe are welcomed to set the fastest lap time around Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
What’s up for grabs?
Well, the top five racers will be invited to Silverstone (date TBC) and duke it out in a unique one-off race, with the champion earning a spot in the F1 Esports Series Pro Exhibition. From there, the opportunities are plentiful, including Pro Rank attainment and the chance of being signed by one of the 10 official F1 Esports Teams, as well.
We’ve seen so much growth in the female sim racing community as of late. While I am definitely not a sim racer myself (more of a Mario Kart legend, to be honest), I’ve been lucky enough to watch streamers such as Annie Rabbets and Emily Jones absolutely slay online. It’s incredibly inspiring to see more women than ever shine in a typically male-dominated space.
The competition is open to females only and requires the following settings on F1 2021 for PC, PlayStation 4/5, and the Xbox family of consoles:
- Car type: F1 2021 – any team
- Mode: Time Trial
- Assists: None
- Weather: Dry
- Time of Day: Official
- Track: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Spain
Be sure to record your full session and snap a screenshot of your final lap time (send this and your other details to [email protected]) plus register for an online account. You’ll also need to make sure you register to take part by linking your game account.
F1 Esports Series continues to support female drivers through events like the Women’s Wildcard and here at Traxion, we hope this article inspires you to put on your racing gloves and compete, too!