W Series championship leader Jamie Chadwick has joined the Williams Driver Academy and will take on the role of development driver.
The 21-year-old won the inaugural W Series race at Hockenheim and was second in Zolder last weekend, leaving her six points clear top of the standings after also securing back-to-back pole positions. That strong start comes after winning the MRF Winter Series this year as well as taking victories in last year’s British Formula 3 championship, and Chadwick will now carry out simulator duties as well as attend three races trackside as a Williams driver.
“It is a great honor to be joining the Williams Racing Driver Academy,” Chadwick said. “The time in the simulator is a fantastic opportunity to aid with my development. I look forward to spending time in the factory at Grove, immersing myself within the team and assisting wherever I can. Being a part of the Driver Academy is an amazing platform and I’m excited to get started.”
Deputy team principal Claire Williams says Chadwick has earned the role on talent alone, but is hopeful she can also inspire more women to become involved in motorsport.
“I am delighted to confirm that Jamie Chadwick has joined the Williams Racing Driver Academy in the role of development driver,” Williams said. “I have had the pleasure of watching Jamie race first hand in Hockenheim where she claimed victory at the season opening W Series race. Alongside her on-track commitments, Jamie will undertake simulator work for Williams, be immersed both trackside and at the factory with the team and will participate in marketing activities.
“Promoting women in motorsport is extremely important and having a female role model as part of our Driver Academy will hopefully inspire young girls to take up racing at a young age. We hope to show that motorsport is inclusive and exciting, be that as a driver or on the engineering side. Jamie is a great talent and I look forward to working with her.”
Chadwick joins Williams reserve driver Nicholas Latifi in the academy, with the Canadian currently leading the Formula 2 championship by 26 points.