W Series plans to race at Monza as part of 2020 schedule
Initial 2020 W Series schedule shows six race weekends; Austin and Mexico City could be in the works
The 2020 W Series unveiled a schedule for 2020 that shows return trips to the Norisring in Germany, Brands Hatch in England and Assen in the Netherlands, while breaking new ground in St. Petersburg (Russia), Anderstorp (Sweden) and Monza (Italy).
In 2019, the W Series raced as a part of the support lineup to German Touring Cars DTM; this is an arrangement that will remain unchanged on this initial six-race calendar.
Races at the three returning tracks were undoubted highlights of the season, but the additions of rounds in Russia and Sweden, along with the Italian venue switching from Misano to Monza, are all seen as positives by W Series CEO Catherine Bond Muir.
“We at W Series are thrilled to announce two exciting and important new countries in which W Series will race in 2020: Russia and Sweden,” said Bond Muir. “Our Swedish race, at Anderstorp, will take W Series to the Nordics for the first time, a region that’s home to our Finnish driver Emma Kimilainen, who was one of the stars of the 2019 W Series championship, winning at Assen (Netherlands) last year, as well as one of our new-for-2020 drivers, our recently announced Norwegian driver Ayla Agren.
“Our Russian race, at St. Petersburg, will be the home fixture for the youngest driver in the 2020 W Series championship, 16-year-old Irina Sidorkova, from Petrozavodsk, which is also in Russia albeit 266 miles northeast of St. Petersburg.”
While no official comment has been made on the matter, rumors have been steadily growing that the W Series could join the Formula 1 support package for the 2020 races at Austin, Texas, and Mexico City.
Igora Drive St Petersburg (Russia)
Scandinavian Raceway Anderstorp (Sweden)
Autodromo Nazionale Monza (Italy)
Brands Hatch Circuit (U.K.)
TT Circuit Assen (Holland)