F1 ‘still the ultimate goal’ for W Series winner Chadwick

Date published: October 27 2021 - Michelle Foster

Jamie Chadwick wins the 2021 W series. Austin October 2021

Jamie Chadwick says she is a “step closer” to Formula 1 after securing her second W Series crown in Austin.

The Briton, who is already part of the Formula 1 fraternity having signed as Williams’ development driver, contested the second season of the all-female W Series.

Taking four wins on her way to the title, the 23-year-old clinched the title in Austin on Sunday with yet another race victory.

Chadwick scored 159 points to Alice Powell’s 132.

With that title she has the points needed to acquire a superlicence, the document needed to compete in a F1 grand prix.

“[It’s] still the ultimate goal,” Chadwick told BBC Points West.

“Still a lot I need to achieve before I can get there but it definitely feels a step closer after this weekend.”

Although delighted with her results in the W Series, Chadwick says she does not know if she will be back for the 2022 season.

“I feel like I’ve achieved what I can achieve in the series and I want to use the platform it’s given me to go on to bigger and different things,” she said.

“It’s not confirmed or not committed to anything just yet, but some plans will come into place and hopefully we can go on to use the series as the platform it is.”

She added: “What the W Series has asserted us to do is give us this big platform. Off the back of the season I definitely feel like the platform’s bigger than ever and the opportunities are bigger than ever.

“It’s up to me to go and perform and do the job I need to do, but I do feel like the opportunities are there now.”

 

Chadwick touched upon Williams’ support for her career, saying she is hoping to expand her role with the team in the future.

“They have been incredibly supportive of everything I’ve tried to do and a lot of the work I did in preparation for last weekend, they supported and really helped me with,” Chadwick said.

“I’m incredibly fortunate to have that relationship with them and as a development driver I also get to do a lot of work on the simulator, supporting them on race weekends as well.

“It’s great to have that. I’m so lucky, it’s a team I’m so happy to be a part of. Looking forward to hopefully pursuing that role more.”