W Series champ Jamie Chadwick dreams of becoming the first female driver to race in F1 in nearly 50 years


What is it like working with Jenner, the world-renowned Olympic gold-medal winning decathlete?

“It’s different from any experience I’ve had before. Having a team boss like Caitlyn – who’s a huge name – coming into the W Series shows where the race is at in terms of the kind of exposure it’s getting right now,” Chadwick shared. 

“Caitlyn has a huge background in sport so as a mentor figure, she’s someone who understands the sport and the athlete mindset she has is really cool, so her advice is really useful,” she added.

RACING TOWARDS THE F1 DREAM

In the history of Formula One, there have only ever been five female racing drivers who have entered a Grand Prix, but only two who have ever qualified and raced in one. The last one was Lella Lombardi in 1976.

Chadwick hopes to be the third.

“For every young driver, the pinnacle of the sport is Formula One. I love the competitive nature of the sport; the speed, the adrenaline factor that comes with racing. There’s still a lot I want to achieve in the sport, and Formula One is the ultimate goal,” she declared.

Chadwick is well on her way.

In addition to driving for the Jenner Racing team in the W Series, she is also part of the Williams Driver Academy, as a development driver for the Williams Racing F1 team.

“They have a roster of drivers that go out on the feeder series, from Formula 2 down to Formula 4. So with their support, the ultimate goal is getting into a Formula 1 car with them,” she shared.

Interestingly, there are no technical rules that prohibit women from competing in F1. Yet, it’s been almost half a century since the world witnessed a woman driver starting on the F1 grid.

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