British Grand Prix to dedicate 1 July as Women in Motorsport Day
To recognise and showcase the success of women in all areas of motorsport, Motorsport UK, W Series and Silverstone supported by the FIA will collaborate around Women in Motorsport Day at the FORMULA 1 LENOVO BRITISH GRAND PRIX 2022 on Friday 1 July.
The British Grand Prix will feature high-profile drivers competing in the W Series, women dedicating their time as volunteers and women delivering at the top end of the sport in high-profile engineering and strategic roles.
Women in Motorsport Day will celebrate the success and gives Motorsport UK, W Series and Silverstone an opportunity to highlight how more women can get involved in motorsport.
Helen Bashford-Malkie, Motorsport UK Board member, FIA Women in Motorsport Commission member and Chair of Motorsport UK’s Women in Motorsport Sub-committee, commented, “Motorsport UK has a crucial part to play in celebrating and encouraging women to participate in our sport including competitors, volunteers, team professionals, engineers, racemakers, officials and fans.
“Everyone is important in motorsport but being able to open our arms wide and say ‘Welcome to our Family’, at the British Grand Prix is an inspiring opportunity. We hope to showcase the routes women can take in our sport in our bid to increase participation at all levels.”
Motorsport UK, W Series and Silverstone will utilise their social media channels throughout the day to profile women within the motorsport community.
The community is encouraged to use #womeninmotorsport across social media to share their journey, role and experiences in the sport to encourage and inspire more women to get involved and that motorsport is a place for them to succeed and enjoy.
Women in Motorsport Day is part of Motorsport UK’s wider inclusion strategy which targets a 25% increase in women’s participation across the sport by 2025.
Catherine Bond Muir, Chief Executive Officer of W Series, said, “There’s space for everyone in motorsport, so I’d tell any young girl who has a dream of getting involved in the sport to continue doing what they’re really good at and enjoy it because motorsport covers so many areas and there is certainly a path open to you here. Our belief at W Series is ‘if you can see it, you can be it’, and we’re delighted to be celebrating these incredible women who will act as role models for future generations of women in motorsport.”
Stuart Pringle, Managing Director, Silverstone added, “I admire the work being undertaken by Motorsport UK and W Series to increase the number of women participating in motorsport. Every girl and woman should feel welcomed through the doors of Silverstone, and all circuits.
“There are a huge number of ways that women can get involved in motorsport, from competing, volunteering, the technical side of the sport and enjoying the racing as a fan. It’s great to see so many women taking part this weekend as Silverstone Racemakers and Marshals too. I know that they will act as an inspiration to the many female fans in attendance, some of whom may want to follow in their footsteps and enter the world of motorsport.”