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Chadwick retained by Williams for 2021

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Reigning W Series champion Jamie Chadwick will remain as Williams’ development driver for a third year, bringing the 22 year old closer to her target of racing in Formula One in the future.

The young Briton, who returns to the W Series grid this year to defend her title, will now be “fully immersed” both trackside and at the factory, and she will be also be given more time in the simulator as well as media and marketing responsibilities.

“I have absolutely loved my time with Williams so far,” said Chadwick. “I could not be more delighted to continue working with the team in my role as Development Driver. I feel I am improving as a driver all the time, and my time spent in the simulator this coming season will prove to be invaluable. I look forward to fully immersing myself at Williams once again this year.”

Chadwick will also be racing in the all new Extreme-E electric off road championship which kicks off in Saudi Arabia this month. She will be part of the Veloce Racing team, alongside Frenchman Stephane Sarrazin. The team boasts a super leadership team including Red Bull’s Adrian Newey and ex F1 driver Jean Eric Vergne.

Williams team principal Simon Roberts added: “Not only is Jamie a great female ambassador for the sport and plays an integral part in promoting women in motorsport, her work in the simulator and behind the scenes at [the factory at] Grove is hugely valuable,”

“Jamie’s determination and drive to do more, as well as push the boundaries, is something we admire at Williams.”

The announcement is a welcome one, as Formula One look to become more diverse. With W Series supporting the F1 calendar at eight races this year, it has re-ignited Chadwick’s hopes of becoming the first female F1 driver since Lella Lombardi competed in 1976.

Regarded as one of Britain’s leading female racing drivers, Chadwick is hoping to be in a position to be on the F1 grid by 2023 or 2024.

Image Credit: wseries.com

Source: Williams F1 Team

 

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