W Series part of Formula 1 Heineken Dutch Grand Prix 2021
The organisers of the Formula 1 Heineken Dutch Grand Prix are pleased that the W Series, including the Dutch driver Beitske Visser (25), will be part of the ‘Ultimate Race Festival’ at CM.com Circuit Zandvoort from 3-5 September 2021. Under the motto #WeRaceAsOne, the W Series is now officially a support race for eight of the 23 F1 races in 2021.
Photo: Action footage of W Series driver Beitske Visser. Source: WSeries.com content pool.
The W Series calendar for 2021 includes eight Formula 1 support races, including Zandvoort. The return of Formula 1 to the Netherlands is one of the largest international sporting events in the Netherlands with an average of half a billion viewers per race worldwide, making it a perfect platform for this relatively new women’s class.
The F1 Heineken Dutch Grand Prix is organised in a festival-like setting. The racing festival thus shows the world what the Netherlands stands for in terms of innovation, entrepreneurship and orange madness. With the addition of the W Series to the program, the racing festival is now even more complete.
Even more tantalising
Catherine Bond Muir (Chief Executive Officer, W Series) said: “The prospect of seeing W Series race alongside Formula 1, the world’s premier motor racing series, has become even more tantalising as a result of today’s announcement of our 2021 race calendar. The eight races will allow our fast and fearless female racing drivers to showcase their skills on some of the world’s most iconic racing circuits, in Europe and the Americas, and literally follow in the tyre tracks of the greatest racing drivers in the world today.
“W Series mission will always be to further the interests and prospects of female racing drivers, and to inspire girls and women everywhere. Our 2021 race schedule in partnership with Formula 1 will significantly increase our global reach, impact and influence by placing W Series on motor racing’s greatest stage and taking us to new audiences and territories. Our drivers are ready and raring to race and entertain, and the 2021 season curtain-raiser in France next June cannot come soon enough.”
Beitske Visser: “I’m going for the win”
Beitske Visser said: “Of course everyone wants a home race. So, I am very happy that we will be racing at Zandvoort next year. I’ve been looking forward to it. We already knew that most races would be held in Europe. So, I had hoped that Zandvoort would be part of the W Series.”
“It’s great that there will be so many Dutch fans. Of course, they mainly come to cheer on Max, but I hope they also support me a bit. I’m really looking forward to next season. Last year I finished second in the W Series. And of course, you want to improve yourself, so I’m definitely going for the win in 2021.”
Jan Lammers, Sport Director of the Duch Grand Prix said: “The W-Series is the highest podium for women in motorsport and should therefore be part of our program. It’s great that our Dutch star, Beitske Visser, is active in this class. We can also now shout Beitske to victory in addition to Max. A big plus for our Ultimate Race Festival. This makes the orange party even bigger.”
Photo: Beitske Visser after her win in Zolder. Source: WSeries.com content pool.
About the Dutch Grand Prix
The Formula 1 Heineken Dutch Grand Prix is organised by the Dutch Grand Prix (DGP). DGP is a company in which SportVibes, TIG Sports and CM.com Circuit Zandvoort participate equally. As advisor to DGP, the company has appointed Jan Lammers as sports director.
DGP wants to offer racing fans in the Netherlands an experience that is unparalleled. The Formula 1 Heineken Dutch Grand Prix is organised in a festival-type setting, with activities for the whole family. With the event, DGP wants to show the world what the Netherlands stands for with regard to the ultimate customer experience, innovation, entrepreneurship, orange experience and safety.
The DGP has an agreement with Formula 1 (FOM) for three years and has been established in part thanks to the support of a number of genuine Dutch companies such as Pon, VolkerWessels, Jumbo, CM.com, Talpa Network and Heineken.