Jamie Chadwick confirmed at Williams F1
W Series inaugural champion Jamie Chadwick will remain part of the Williams F1 Driver Development program in 2021, the British team has confirmed.
Added to the Williams F1 Team young driver rostrum in 2019 amidst her W Series winning campaign , Jamie Chadwick will continue her work with the British team in 2021.
The 22-year old from Bath will thus continue and increase her simulator work at the Grove-based factory and will resume her work on trackside at selected Grand Prix events, embedded in the team's operation. Chadwick will also be part of the squad's media and marketing activities throughout the season.
“I have absolutely loved my time with Williams so far and could not be more delighted to continue working with the team in my role as Development Driver" - said Jamie.
"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 had an outstanding 2019 season, claiming titles in both the MRF Challenge and W Series, securing 9 victories and 15 podiums. Among them, Chadwick clinched victory in the 24 Hours of the Nürburgring at the iconic Nordschleife.
She then went on to win a race in the Asian F3 Championship, before entering the Formula Regional European Championship with powerhouse team Prema.
It was a more challenging season for Chadwick, as she finished ninth in the standings with a podium to her name. In 2021, Jamie will make her return to the all-female F3 championship W Series, where she will try to defend her title after the 2020 season was cancelled due to the Covid crisis.
She will also be part of the inaugural Extreme-E championship – the first ever electric-SUVs racing series that kicks off in April and that aims at raising awareness on climate change and on environmental issues. It will also be the first championship to reach gender parity, as each team will field a male and a female driver.
An Autosport BRDC Award nominee, Jamie Chadwick currently represents one of the brightest female talents in motorsport and will thus continue to climb the ladder of international motor racing with the support of one of themost historic Formula 1 teams on the grid.
“We are delighted that Jamie will continue as a Development Driver for the team", commented Simon Roberts, Team Principal of Williams Racing.
"Not only is she 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 Grove is hugely valuable."
"Jamie’s determination and drive to do more, as well as push the boundaries, is something we admire at Williams and we are all looking forward to the year ahead with Jamie as part of the team.”
With W Series being featured on the F1 supporting bill in 2021, Chadwick will have the chance to continue her work at the track as well. She is the sixth female racer to enter a F1 team in a development driver role in the last 10 years, with Susie Wolff (Williams) being the only driver to contest a free practice session so far.