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Women's motor racing series proposed by London-based firm

Leaked document outlines proposal for six-race series in 2019

Plans for a women-only racing series are being drawn up for a potential 2019 launch, according to reports.

The Press Association cite a document circulated earlier this year in which a London-based company proposed a summer series containing six races featuring leading female drivers from around motorsport.

A spokesperson was quoted as saying: "There will be no announcement for a number of months as we are undertaking a lot of research and completing our strategy.

"Starting something from scratch takes an enormous amount of time to get right."

The report comes more than two years after former Formula 1 chief Bernie Ecclestone floated the idea of a separate championship for female drivers to run on Grand Prix weekends.

The idea split opinion at the time, with then-Lotus development driver Carmen Jorda among those to support Ecclestone's suggestion.

According to PA, some of the female drivers approached about the latest idea for a stand-alone series 'are understood to be sceptical and believe a women's-only championship may harm and undermine their position within the industry'.

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Italy's Lella Lombardi and Maria Teresa de Filippis are the only female drivers to start an F1 race in the championship's history, with Lombardi scoring half a point at the 1975 Spanish GP.

In 2014, Susie Wolff became the first woman for 22 years to compete in a practice session and made four Friday appearances for Williams before calling time on her racing career at the end of 2015.

Tatiana Calderon this year served as a development driver for Sauber in addition to her racing commitments in GP3.

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