Aston Martin have appointed W Series racer and James Bond movie stunt driver Jessica Hawkins as their driver ambassador.
Alongside her new role, Hawkins will compete in this year’s W Series, the international Formula 3 championship for female drivers which is scheduled to run in support of eight F1 grands prix this year.
The 26-year-old from Poole raced in the inaugural 2019 edition of the W Series, finishing 11th in the standings behind champion Jamie Chadwick.
Hawkins has also worked extensively as a stunt driver, including in the forthcoming James Bond film No Time to Die.
Hawkins told the Aston Martin website: “I’m incredibly excited to be joining Aston Martin Cognizant Formula 1 Team as its new driver ambassador and really looking forward to working with Lance Stroll, Sebastian Vettel, Nico Hulkenberg and the rest of the team.
We’re proud to welcome @1JessicaHawkins to the team as Driver Ambassador. 💚
— Aston Martin Cognizant F1 Team (@AstonMartinF1) May 19, 2021
“In fact, although it will surely be a hell of a lot of hard work, it’s a dream come true for me. Besides, I’m definitely not afraid of hard work.
“I also want to pay tribute and say thank you to W Series, which is a brilliant championship without which I would simply never have got this unbelievable chance to work within such a great Formula 1 team.
“I will continue to race in W Series this year and despite my super-exciting new position with Aston Martin, I will remain fully focused on driving my heart out in an effort to score as many points in the 2021 W Series championship as I possibly can.”
Otmar Szafnauer, Aston Martin’s team principal, said: “We are delighted to welcome Jessica Hawkins as Aston Martin Cognizant Formula 1 Team’s new driver ambassador.
“She has not had it easy in her racing career so far, always having to fight for drives as all young drivers do, especially young women, and her determination to beat the odds is as obvious as it is admirable.
“Jessica acquitted herself well in the inaugural season of W Series, 2019, finishing in the top 12 in the series’ standings, allowing her to progress to the next season of W Series which will be run on the support card of eight Formula 1 grands prix this year.
“We are sure Jessica will work very well with everyone in our team across a variety of disciplines, both at grands prix and in between them, and also with our many partners.”