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Williams F1 team to retain W Series winner Chadwick as development driver

File picture: Matthew Childs / Reuters.

File picture: Matthew Childs / Reuters.

Published Mar 1, 2021

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OXFORDSHIRE, ENGLAND - Inaugural W Series champion Jamie Chadwick will remain a development driver for Williams for the 2021 season with an increased simulator programme, the Formula One team said on Monday.

Williams said the 22-year-old, whose success in the all-female series boosted her profile in 2019, would "continue to be fully immersed within the team both trackside and certain Grands Prix and at the factory".

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"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," Chadwick said in a statement.

The Briton, who joined the Williams Driver Academy in 2019, will defend her W series title this season when the championship returns in June after being cancelled last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The single-seater series uses identical Formula Three cars and its eight races will accompany selected F1 grands prix in Europe and North America.

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Chadwick has also signed up with the Veloce team for the new electric off-road Extreme E series that is due to begin in April.

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