W SERIES, TSN, and RDS announced today a multi-year media rights agreement, making Bell Media’s sports networks the Canadian home of the all- female professional motor racing series. Presented in partnership with FORMULA 1®, the 2021 W SERIES schedule features eight events, beginning Saturday, June 26 live from the Styrian Grand Prix in Spielberg, Austria.
2021 marks the second season for W SERIES, which aims to promote diversity in motorsport, and create a pathway for female racing drivers to compete in the upper tiers of motorsport.
“W SERIES’ mission will always be to further the interests and prospects of female racing drivers, and to inspire girls and women everywhere,” said Catherine Bond Muir, Chief Executive Officer, W SERIES. “Racing in partnership with FORMULA 1 in 2021, coupled with the support of our global network of broadcasters, will significantly increase our 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 put on a fantastic show.”
“We are extremely excited for TSN and RDS to become the Canadian home of W SERIES, adding even more live events to our expansive roster of women’s sports coverage,” said Nathalie Cook, VP, TSN & RDS. “We’re proud to partner with this ground-breaking auto racing series, and we can’t wait to showcase these talented drivers for viewers across Canada, as they continue to change the face of motorsport.”
Live coverage of W SERIES on TSN is led by a broadcast team that includes hosts Lee McKenzie and Anna Woolhouse; lead commentator Alex Jacques; co-commentators David Coulthard and Billy Monger; pitlane reporters Ted Kravitz and Amy Reynolds; and analyst Naomi Schiff.
The 2021 W SERIES race calendar is as follows:
- June 26 – Spielberg, Austria
- July 3 – Spielberg, Austria
- July 17 – Silverstone, UK
- July 31 – Budapest, Hungary
- August 28 – Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium
- September 4 – Zandvoort, Netherlands
- October 23 – Austin, USA
- October 30 – Mexico City, Mexico