W Series champion remains confident of F1 seat

Jamie Chadwick is set to become a three-time W Series champion.

W Series champion, Jamie Chadwick, has reiterated her intent to race in Formula 1 in the coming years.

The Briton finished eighth in British Formula 3 in 2018, before winning the MRF Challenge Formula 2000 a year later, and this coincided with her debut in the new all-female series.

The W Series was created to help diversify motorsport, and put more women on the radars of Formula 2 and Formula 3 teams.

The aim is that the women competing in the series will then get the opportunity to prove themselves in the feeder series, and vie for a place in the pinnacle of motorsport.

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Chadwick, a member of the Williams programme, has won both of the first two W Series titles, and she looks set to add a third to that tally having dominated the 2022 season.

The 24-year-old is aiming to become only the third driver in the history of F1 to start a championship grand prix.

Maria Teresa de Filippis started three, before Lela Lombardi lined up on the grid 12 times, the last of which was in 1976.

The last female entrant was Giovanna Amati with Brabham in 1992, and while Susie Wolff took part in a practice session with Williams in 2014, she never got her shot with the British side.

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F1 CEO, Stefano Domenicali, recently suggested that it is “unlikely” that there will be a woman in the sport in the next five years, earning him criticism from Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel, and Williams boss, Jost Capito.

Chadwick remains adamant that she can yet find her way onto the grid.

“I know that if I have success in the right feeder series then I’ll be in Formula 1,” she said, as per the Mirror.

“That’s my goal at the moment, trying to do that and use the platforms I have… lean on the people that do believe in it and really do see it as being possible because there are those people out there. Even the likes of Andretti giving me the opportunity to test, they believe in it.”

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The young Briton recently performed an Indy Lights test with Andretti, and she has more possibilities open to her.

“Options are open. Formula 3 and Formula 2 and Indy Lights are kind of the options I’ve been looking at. Conversations are ongoing in Europe and America,” added Chadwick.

Chadwick leads Alice Powell by 75 points in the Drivers’ Standings heading into the final three rounds in Singapore, the United States and Mexico.