Williams have signed Britain’s Jamie Chadwick to their Driver Academy in the role of Development Driver. Chadwick, who has had success in single-seaters and sportscars, is currently leading the new W Series championship.

    Her Williams role will see Chadwick, 21, fully immersed into the F1 team both trackside and in their UK factory at Grove. Alongside a busy simulator programme, she will attend three European races, starting at the British Grand Prix, and support the team in a number of media and marketing activities.

    “It is a great honour to be joining the Williams Racing Driver Academy,” said Chadwick. “The time in the simulator is a fantastic opportunity to aid with my development. I look forward to spending time in the factory at Grove, immersing myself within the team and assisting wherever I can. Being a part of the Driver Academy is an amazing platform and I’m excited to get started.”

    ZOLDER, BELGIUM - MAY 17: Jamie Chadwick (GBR) during the Zolder at Zolder on May 17, 2019 in

    Chadwick claimed the British GT4 title in 2015, became a British Formula 3 race winner in 2018, won the MRF Winter Series in 2018/19, and was the inaugural winner of the first W Series race earlier this month - all historic firsts for a female racing driver.

    “I am delighted to confirm that Jamie Chadwick has joined the Williams Racing Driver Academy,” said Claire Williams, Deputy Team Principal, who witnessed first-hand Chadwick’s W Series victory at Hockenheim.

    “Promoting women in motorsport is extremely important and having a female role model as part of our Driver Academy will hopefully inspire young girls to take up racing at a young age.

    “We hope to show that motorsport is inclusive and exciting, be that as a driver or on the engineering side. Jamie is a great talent and I look forward to working with her.”

    Chadwick joins Williams’ reserve driver Nicholas Latifi in the team’s Driver Academy.