Team principal Jost Capito recently faced backlash for comments made about her career path. As Williams supports Chadwick, it was initially believed that the team would help her to secure a seat, with the eventual aim of reaching F1.
Chadwick addressed the controversy of her deciding to stay in W Series for another season on her Twitter:
What were the previous attempts to increase diversity?
There has not been a female F1 racer since Lella Lombardi competed 45 years ago (not including test drivers). Calls for greater diversity in motorsport have risen drastically in recent years as a result.
Championships such as Formula 3 are attempting to make big changes in this area.
Exposure is key for these drivers, and numerous projects are in place to ensure this.
Aside from W Series, Deborah Mayer’s Iron Dames project also focuses on women, with teams competing in Le Mans and Italian F4.
Last November, four female drivers took part in tests at Magny-Cours. These included W Series’ Nerea Marti and Irina Sidorkova, and Iron Dames’ Maya Weug and Doriane Pin.