Lewis Hamilton has called for action in helping women progress through the ranks of motorsport, having showed his support for W Series during 2022.
Hamilton was seen visiting the W Series paddock and meeting the drivers during the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend, after which he praised the women as an "inspiration" in a social media post.
While the winner of W Series receives prize money and FIA Super Licence points, there are no stipulated opportunities to progress into another category of motorsport, something that Hamilton feels has to change.
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Hamilton praises "inspirational" W Series drivers
After meeting with several W Series drivers, Hamilton explained that he had been keen to do so after closely following the series, which first began in 2019.
"I've been following the W Series all year and for the last few years," Hamilton told media, including RacingNews365.com.
"I've been trying to get down there, because I wanted to go and meet the young, inspirational women there. I've been watching their races in-between sessions, so I really wanted to go down there."
Why Hamilton wants change to help female drivers progress
With W Series now into its third season – having not taken place in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic – Hamilton believes that there needs to be more in place in order to help its drivers climb the motorsport ladder.
"I feel it's great that we have the W Series, but we as a sport need to do way more for young girls getting into the sport," the seven-time World Champion said.
"For these women, there's no progression from W Series. It's been three years, and we need to really, really work on trying to create [something].
"When you win that, do you progress into GP2 [Formula 2] or get a seat in GP2 [F2], whatever it may be? We can definitely do a lot more to support those girls."
Jamie Chadwick – who won both prior W Series championships in 2019 and 2021 – currently leads the standings in 2022 by a significant margin.
The Briton holds 143 points, with nearest rivals Alice Powell and Beitske Visser both on 68 points in second and third.
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