Double, and soon-to-be W Series champion, Chadwick is keen to move up the junior single-seat ladder, but has yet to find a seat in FIA Formula 2 or 3 – hence her decision to return to the female-only category. Racing Championship.
Britton Chadwick appears in Williams’ books at the Young Drivers Academy, and believes that by 2027 she could race her first grand prix – and become the first woman to race in Formula 1 since Lella Lombardi at the 1976 Austrian Grand Prix.
However, it doesn’t limit its options to Formula 1 or Europe – having recently tested the IndyLights in America – being the main feedstock for IndyCar.
Five years for Chadwick
Chadwick told the media including RacingNews365.com.
“My goal is definitely to try to achieve that in five years.
“There is a lot that I need at that time, but I want to get into the right nutrient chain and have success in those championships to be Formula One.
“I need to rely on people who believe in it, and I really see it as possible, and surround myself with these voices.
Chadwick also responded to comments by Formula 1 chief executive Stefano Domenicali that it would take a “meteorite” for a female driver to be in F1 over the next few years.
Rather than put off by these comments, Chadwick says, “It doesn’t really bother me. It motivates me, if nothing else.”
Options in America as well as Europe
Chadwick tested the IndyLights at Sebring with the Andretti Autosport team – with young drivers like Callum Ilott turning attention to America once the opportunities in Europe run out.
It’s something Chadwick admitted could be an option for her in 2023.
Nothing has been confirmed. [but] “I’m still considering my options,” she said.
“Talks are underway in both Europe and America.”
The last female F1 driver to race was Susie Wolff for Williams in 2014 and 2015.
She has driven on the FP1 courses in Britain, Germany and Spain as well as in pre-season testing.