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Williams: Lots of interest in Chadwick for 2020

  • Published on 14 Sep 2019 09:28
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  • By: Richard Fletcher

Claire Williams says that the team will make a decision on W Series champion Jamie Chadwick's role within Williams once they have fixed their own driver line up for the 2020 season. 

Although Chadwick hasn't revealed her own plans for 2020 she undertook a Euroformula Open Formula 3 test at Silverstone and has spent three race weekends with Williams.

Only last month Chadwick won the title at Brands Hatch with a prize of $500,000 to further her motorsport career. Before her successful season started she was linked with Williams in a development role.

She was described by Claire Williams an instrumental part of the Williams driver academy programme, which was created to try and help both the drivers and the team to develop. 

"Jamie has been an instrumental part in that this year and when she comes to the races with us, when she's trackside she shadows basically, she watches what is going on in engineering briefings.

"She listens to the drivers, she obviously watches all the track action and she learns how a Formula 1 weekend operates.

"I think she's yet to announce her plans for 2020 but I know she's got a lot of offers on the table."

Claire Williams adds that Chadwick did an amazing job in the inaugural W Series and has the talent, personality and ambition to succeed and that it will take her a long way.

"As for our plans for Jamie, moving forward, we're obviously working out what we're going to be doing from a race driver perspective for 2020 at the moment, and once we've resolved that then we will start looking and thinking about the plans for the driver academy and who we have in there".

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  • f1ski

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    I guess that mimics the williams car development program. We watch other teams a try to copy what they are doing.

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    • Sep 14 2019 - 12:24
  • This feels incredibly cynical. I could see this from the angle of them wanting to support a female driver, and if that is the only reason major props, but I can't help shake the feeling that they are doing it for PR and money. Another Susie Wolff: doomed to be sidelined and to just get in some sponsor cash... Why do I have to be such a prick?

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    • Sep 14 2019 - 13:20
    • Because this is utter bullshit. It doesn't matter how low Williams goes, they always seem to find a why to make it worse.

      They clearly need experienced drivers that can help develop the car. He'll, bring Rubens or Felipe Massa. They are second tier, but reliable performance. They have a somewhat promising rookie and want to bring an unproven rookie with not proper credentials to partner him? I hate what Claire has done to that great team.

      Rant over.

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      • Sep 14 2019 - 23:50
    • f1ski

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      my guess is that when williams legacy money runs out they fold

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      • Sep 15 2019 - 00:23
  • Nice chick...

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    • Sep 14 2019 - 13:28
  • Dert38

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    Very beautiful Lady

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    • Sep 15 2019 - 14:48
  • Sorry but Williams should make a decision on Claire first. I just don't see Chadwick as a good strategic move for the team,. It seems more like a marketing move and not a move based on improving the racing team's success. The best thing they could do is try to get Newey or an equivalent aero guy (if there is one) and a couple of top notch drivers on board. I just haven't seen the business savvy from Claire to start challenging the top teams.

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    • Sep 16 2019 - 13:21

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