Williams sign W Series’ Jamie Chadwick as development driver

The Williams F1 Team has signed Jamie Chadwick to their Driver Academy, in the role of Development Driver.

Williams has signed Chadwick to their programme, where she will work as a development driver working both trackside and with the factory personnel. She’ll be put to work in the simulator, and Williams has also confirmed her attendance at three Grands Prix over the remainder of the European calendar.

Chadwick won the 2015 British GT4 title with the Beechdean Aston Martin Racing team, and has had a very successful last twelve months by winning a round of the British F3 Championship with Douglas Motorsport at Brands Hatch, as well as clinching the MRF Winter Series. Successfully applying for the all-new W Series, she won the inaugural round at Hockenheim two weeks ago.

Chadwick will be working alongside Williams’ reserve driver Nicholas Latifi within the team’s development programme.

“It is a great honour to be joining the Williams Racing Driver Academy.” said Chadwick. “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, who attended the Hockenheim W Series round and was also responsible for getting Susie Wolff into a Williams F1 seat half a decade ago, welcomed Chadwick on board: “I am delighted to confirm that Jamie Chadwick has joined the Williams Racing Driver Academy in the role of Development Driver.”

“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.”

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