Mercedes’ Toto Wolff says female-only series will harm women’s F1 chances

• Comments come as plans emerge for inaugural women-only series in 2019
• Wolff says event is ‘giving up on the mission’ of women competing in F1

Toto Wolff, the Mercedes F1 executive director, believes a single-gender motor racing championship would “undermine” women and harm their prospects of making it to Formula One.

Plans have been drawn up by a London-based company to stage an inaugural women-only series which could be launched in 2019. The proposal intends to see women drivers compete at six races, with the champion promised a Formula One test drive.

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