Chadwick continues role as development driver for ROKiT Williams Racing

ROKiT Williams Racing has announced that Jamie Chadwick will continue her role as Development Driver for the team in 2020.

The 2019 season was quite some year for rising star Chadwick, who not only claimed the inaugural W Series title but also triumphed at the Nürburgring 24 Hour Race in Germany whilst helping out Williams with the development of its Formula One programme.

Little surprise, then, that the historic Williams team has asked the former British GT GT4 champion to once again continue her role as Development Driver for another season.

“I think for me it was quite inevitable to continue the relationship,” said Chadwick across the team’s social media channels. “Obviously, off the back of this year, which has been successful for myself. I think the relationship with Williams was an incredible part of that, so I knew it was something I wanted to continue and then to be given that opportunity was just the icing on the cake at the end of the year.

Chadwick’s role will once again involve a busy simulator programme, sharing duties with Dan Ticktum, as well as being fully immersed within the team both trackside at several grands prix and in the factory at Grove.

“I’ve been lucky enough to do quite a lot of work on the simulator this year, a little bit of race support as well. A lot of that has been teaching me basically what it’s like to be driving a Formula One car. It’s definitely helped me to personally develop, I think these guys operate at such a high level for me to be able to learn what it takes for me to operate at that level and then take that with me in everything I’m doing in the junior formula it’s really important, and from a personal point of view, it’s helping a lot for sure.

“The highlights are obviously winning the W Series but at the beginning of the year we won the MRF Championship and then half way through the year I won the class in the Nürburgring 24 Hours. So at the moment in 2020 we’ve confirmed to do the W Series again at the moment we’re in the middle of the Asian F3 championship, so those are the first commitments that we’ve announced but the plan is to continue doing more stuff. Formula One is obviously the ultimate goal and I think to be part of the Williams Academy it’s an attainable goal to maybe be in Formula One, one day with ROKiT Williams Racing.”

Talking of signing up the talented Chadwick for another season, Deputy Team Principal Claire Williams expressed her excitement as to what the future holds for team and driver.

(L to R): Claire Williams (GBR) Williams Racing Deputy Team Principal with Jamie Chadwick (GBR) Williams Racing Development Driver.

“I am delighted to confirm that Jamie Chadwick will continue her work in the Williams Racing Driver Academy this year. I have thoroughly enjoyed watching Jamie develop, and excel, both with the team and her time racing in W Series. Jamie has done an excellent job promoting women in motorsport and we are extremely proud of the work she has done.”

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