The double W Collection champion Jamie Chadwick has insisted she will make it to System One inside 5 years, rejecting scepticism that such a aim was achievable made by the System One CEO Stefano Domenicali. Chadwick mentioned the remarks solely provided higher motivation to show him flawed.
F1 has not had a feminine driver compete at a grand prix since Lella Lombardi raced in Austria in 1976 however Chadwick stays satisfied she will make. She conceded, although, there may be nonetheless a protracted solution to go regardless of her outstanding success within the all-female W Collection.
“It doesn’t actually trouble me to be trustworthy,” she mentioned of Domenicali’s feedback that he didn’t consider a girl would make it to F1 inside the subsequent 5 years. “It’s motivation if nothing else.”
“My aim is certainly to attempt to make it in 5 years. There’s a lot I would like to realize in that point however my aim is to attempt to undergo the proper feeder sequence and have success to be in F1 inside 5 years.”
The W Collection was created to offer feminine drivers a platform to point out off their abilities and has proved profitable, now working as a part of F1 assist races. Chadwick received the primary two seasons and has since been taken on as a growth driver by the Williams F1 crew. This yr, with 5 wins from six races, she may wrap up her third title on the subsequent spherical in Singapore on 2 October.
But regardless of her success, the step as much as the F3 and F2 feeder sequence has remained elusive, with an absence of monitor time in comparison with her male opponents cited as a serious motive. On Wednesday she took half in an Indy Lights check for Andretti racing at Sebring in Florida. Indy Lights is the feeder sequence for Indy Automotive and Chadwick believes a drive there subsequent season within the heavier, extra bodily demanding vehicles, could be the right precursor to then returning to Europe to race in F3.
“I felt comfy with the automotive,” she mentioned. “The primary factor is that with the lengthy races and the quantity of testing you get in Indy Lights it may put me in a very good place for the yr after to make one other step up, having had that additional time to develop each bodily and as a driver.”
The W Collection CEO, Catherine Bond Muir, famous that Chadwick was already having to play catch as much as her male counterparts by way of how far she had superior within the sport and that there was a protracted solution to go earlier than racing introduced a degree enjoying area.
“Jamie has not had the period of time in a automotive as a result of traditionally the cash has by no means ever gone in direction of the women,” she mentioned. “That’s altering however it’s taking place slowly as a result of the entire of the construction of motorsport wants to alter and folks’s views and opinions want to alter.”