W-Series champion Jamie Chadwick will remain in her role as Williams development driver for a third year, it has been announced.
The Briton – who won the female-only series in 2019, its one and only season after its second fell victim to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 – will continue her work at Williams’ HQ at Grove and spending time with the team at Grands Prix, as she endeavours to defend her W-Series title once the series resumes in June.
“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.” Chadwick told Autosport.
“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.”
In Claire Williams – Formula 1’s only female team boss at the time – Chadwick found a great supporter, and so the W-Series champion’s role at the Williams F1 was a natural fit.
However, when, in the summer of last year, Sir Frank Williams sold his team and with Claire choosing not to continue as Deputy Team Principal, there was some uncertainty whether new owners Dorilton Capital would give Chadwick the option of a third year.
But this morning Simon Roberts – Claire Williams’ successor as Williams Team Principal – confirmed Chadwick was very much a part of Williams’ future plans.
“Not only is she [Chadwick] a great female ambassador for the sport & plays an integral part in promoting women in motorsport, her work in the simulator and behind the scenes at Grove is hugely valuable” said Roberts.
(Interesting that he said it in that order – women in motorsport first, then simulator work)
“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.”