W Series champion still confident of F1 seat

W Series champion Jimmy Chadwick has confirmed her intention to race in Formula 1 in the coming years.

The Briton finished eighth in the British Formula 3 Championship in 2018, before winning the MRF Challenge Formula 2000 race a year later, coinciding with her debut in the all-new women’s series.

The W Series was created to help diversify motorsport, putting more women on the radars of Formula 2 and Formula 3 teams.

The goal is for the women competing in the series to have the opportunity to establish themselves in the Nutrient Chain, and compete for a place at the top of motorsport.

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Williams’ Chadwick has won both of her first two W Series titles, and looks set to add a third to that tally after dominating the 2022 season.

The 24-year-old aims to become only the third driver in Formula One history to start the Grand Prix of the championship.

Maria Teresa de Phillips started three times, before Lela Lombardi lined the net 12 times, most recently in 1976.

Giovanna Amati’s last engagement was with Brabham in 1992, and while Susie Wolff did a practice session with Williams in 2014, she was never shot with the British side.

Formula 1 chief executive Stefano Domenicali recently suggested it was “unlikely” that there would be a woman in the sport in the next five years, leading him to criticize Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel and Williams boss, Just Capito.

Chadwick is still adamant that it can still find its way to the network.

“I know if I make it through the right feeding streak, I’ll be in Formula 1,” she said, according to the Mirror.

“That’s my goal at the moment, trying to do that and using the platforms that I have… rely on people who believe in it and see it as really possible because there are these people out there. Even the likes of Andretti give me the opportunity to test, they believe in it.”

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The young Briton recently auditioned for Indy Lights with Andretti, and she has more possibilities open to her.

“The options are open. Formula 3, Formula 2, and Indy Lights are the kind of options I’ve been looking for. Chadwick added: “Talks are underway in Europe and America.”

Chadwick leads Alice Powell by 75 points in the drivers’ standings, heading into the final three rounds in Singapore, the United States and Mexico.

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