LONDON (Information) – W Collection champion Jamie Chadwick has taken a step nearer to System One this yr however her dream of sooner or later competing on the pinnacle of motor racing feels additional away than ever.
FILE PHOTO: Motorsports – W Collection – Manufacturers Hatch – Manufacturers Hatch, West Kingsdown, Britain – August 11, 2019 Jamie Chadwick of Nice Britain celebrates successful the W Collection championship Information/Matthew Childs/File Picture
The Briton, who collected $500,000 for successful the inaugural all-female single-seater title, celebrated her 21st birthday in Might with a brand new position as improvement driver for the Williams F1 crew.
She can also be considered one of 4 finalists for the BRDC Younger Driver of the Yr award, which is co-sponsored by Purple Bull’s title companions Aston Martin and whose important prize is a System One take a look at.
The expertise of being on the within of the grand prix paddock has made her understand simply how way more she has to do, nevertheless.
Requested whether or not she felt nearer to turning into the primary feminine System One driver since 1976, she replied: “To be utterly sincere, additional away.
“Not in a foul means, in a extremely refreshing means, I really feel I do know what I must now be taught within the subsequent few years. I’m not going to hurry that. I’m not going to attempt to cheat it,” Chadwick added.
Those that enquire on social media whether or not she would possibly change departing Williams driver Robert Kubica had been residing in a fantasy world, not solely as a result of Chadwick lacks an excellent license but additionally as a result of she is nowhere close to prepared.
Her world could be very totally different to that of Mercedes’ six instances world champion Lewis Hamilton, an admired compatriot she has but to satisfy.
“I want the time to develop and if I get to System One I need to be the absolute best driver to make the mark I must make,” stated Chadwick.
Whereas the Williams position has been principally simulator-based, her work has a direct correlation to what occurs on the observe.
Williams beforehand had Susie Wolff, now retired and a crew principal within the all-electric System E sequence, in the same position and gave the Scot observe time in some Friday observe classes.
Chadwick indicated she could be pushing for such a possibility.
“By way of getting within the automotive, that’s an ongoing dialogue. We’re kind of pushing as onerous as we are able to however we’ll see,” she stated.
“If we are able to proceed the connection into subsequent yr, and if I can proceed to do the absolute best job within the sim, then that hopefully offers me justifiable cause to doubtlessly take a look at the automotive at a future date.”
Chadwick can be again to defend her W Collection title subsequent yr, hoping to then be part of the lads climbing the motorsport ladder.
“In the mean time though the primary yr and the publicity has been completely unimaginable, I haven’t fairly managed to safe the (monetary) help to go to, say, FIA F3,” she stated.
“Hopefully off the again of a powerful second yr’s marketing campaign… that’s going to provide me that chance.”
Reporting by Alan Baldwin; Modifying by Ken Ferris