The W Series will decide next week if it can finish the 2022 season after having suffered a “slow train wreck” in recent weeks and months due to financial difficulties.
The Women’s Racing Championship is supporting F1 in Singapore this weekend and was due to do so again at races in the US and Mexico next month, but those final events are now in serious doubt.
The collapse of a major deal has left W Series founder Katherine Bond Muir desperately looking for new backers.
“We’re talking to a huge amount of people, so I don’t sleep very much to get more money,” Bond Muir said on Friday. “I’m pretty sure it will happen. I hope that the last few races will take place.”
Bond Muir said the W series should find a solution by next week, as that’s when the cargo will need to be sent to compete in the North American leg of the race.
Asked if she would look into the 2023 season if the money doesn’t arrive by next week, she replied, “Definitely.”
“I am touched by the reaction of people. You can beat me tomorrow [in the media]but you could be tougher if you wanted to. I think everyone was pragmatic because you don’t want us to go under.”
Bond Muir believes that the financial problems of the W Series are a signal of the difficulties that women in the world of sports usually face.
“The main thing I want to convey is that these are not the most unusual circumstances in which I found myself. We fought from the very beginning.
“You all know stories about women’s sports. Women rugby players go to economy class, men to first class. There is only equality and parity in tennis because Billie Jean King has been fighting for it for 50 years. So I have no doubt that it will be much easier for us in the future.
“But I think it’s not just a motorsport issue, I think it’s a women’s issue in the sport. The reason this just came to mind is because I was in San Francisco over the weekend and the money that was contracted didn’t come through. I don’t go. That’s why it got a little stressful.”
She added: “These things tend to be like a slow train wreck. There is a day when you should get money and then it doesn’t come and then you chase after it for a while and then you leave. sit in front of them and tell them where the money is.”