A woman on the F1 grid within five years?


Jamie Chadwick is still determined to reach Formula 1 within the next five years, although premier class CEO Stefano Domenicali doubts a female driver will make it there any time soon.

The 24-year-old Briton dominates the W Series – the women’s single-seater championship – and could become champion for a third time at the next race scheduled in Singapore next week in support of the F1 weekend. A few days ago, Chadwick was able to test an Indy Lights single-seater with the Andretti Autosport team in Sebring, Florida, as she continues to explore her options on both sides of the Atlantic.

“I think my goal is definitely to try to do that within five years. There are a lot of things I need to accomplish during this time.” Chadwick explained.

“But my goal is always to try and get through the right series at the start and be successful there to be in Formula 1 within five years. I know that if I have success in the right series, I will be in Formula 1.

“That’s my focus for now anyway, trying to do it leaning on the platforms that I have and leaning on people who believe in it and really see it as possible. If I was able to test with Andretti, it is because they believe in it.

“The options are open. Formula 3, Formula 2 and Indy Lights are sort of the options I considered. Discussions are ongoing in Europe and America.”

Last month, Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali said he doesn’t see a woman competing in Formula 1 within the next five years unless there is a miracle: « We’re trying to figure out how to create an environment where women of the right age can get in the right car. » said the Italian.

“That’s the key factor, so we’re working on that to see what we can do to improve the system and you’ll see us in action soon. But I don’t see a woman in Formula 1 in the next five years. Unless something like some sort of meteor hits the earth, it’s highly unlikely.”

Jamie Chadwick, in addition to his role as a starting driver in Serie W, also works for the Williams team in Formula 1 as a development driver. The latest woman to drive a modern Formula 1 car is Colombian Tata Calderon who took part in a free practice session at the Mexican Grand Prix in 2018 with Alfa Romeo, before being able to drive again a few weeks later at Fiorano in Italy.



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