Jamie Chadwick: Formula 1 is a 'step closer' says driver after W Series win

Jamie Chadwick won Sunday's final round of the W Series in Texas.
Jamie Chadwick believes that her dream of racing in Formula 1 has become a reality after she won her second consecutive W Series title.

The Bath-born racer won four rounds in this year's eight-race series.

She won the title in Austin, Texas with wins in the final round.

Chadwick, 23 years old, hopes to make use of the platform to keep moving towards Formula 1.

"It's still the ultimate goal. There is still much to do before I reach my ultimate goal, but it feels closer now," Chadwick said to BBC Points West.

W Series was established to assist women drivers in overcoming financial obstacles that can be found in motorsport. Formula 1 races are also held.

Five Formula 1 drivers have been women. The last one to be a woman was Giovanna Ammati from Italy in 1992. Divina Galica (who took part in three races during the 1970s) is the only British woman to compete in Formula 1.

Chadwick stated that it is unlikely she will be returning to the W Series, as she seeks to capitalize on the opportunities elsewhere.

She said, "I feel like the series has helped me achieve what I can do and that I want to continue to use the platform to achieve bigger and better things."

"It's still not confirmed or committed to anything at this time, but there are plans and we will be able to continue to use the series as the platform it is."

Develop her driving skills

Williams' 2019 development driver was Chadwick, which was extended to a third season in March.

Williams is a team that has a long history of offering a platform to women drivers. Susie Wolff was the first woman to drive F1 practice sessions with the team in 2014. Claire Williams was the deputy principle for the past two decades.

Chadwick stated, "They've been extremely supportive of everything I've tried and a lot the work that was done in preparation for this weekend, they supported me and they really helped with."

"I feel extremely fortunate to have this relationship with them. As a development driver, I also get to spend a lot time on the simulator and support them on race weekends.

"It's wonderful to have that, it's so lucky, it is a team I'm so happy being a part. I look forward to pursuing this role more.

Chadwick won the W Series and was awarded 363,000 in cash prize money. She said that she will use this money to further her career and pursue more racing opportunities.

She stated that the W Series had made it clear to her that they wanted to give them a big platform. "I definitely feel like the platform is bigger than ever and there are more opportunities than ever," she said.

"It is up to me to perform the job I need, but I feel like there are opportunities now."