Two-time W Series Champion Jamie Chadwick is relishing the prospect of driving on the new Miami International Autodrome Circuit for the first time when racing resumes again.
Hosting its first ever W Series event not to mention the inaugural Miami Grand Prix, driving the 5.412km circuit set in the immense Hard Rock Stadium complex will be a new challenge for all drivers this weekend.
“There are a few areas where lap time can be made and lost,” explained Chadwick on the official Williams Racing website. “It really is a track of two halves. “Maximising the two very long straights will be key, both in terms of how the car is set up and also what we can do behind the wheel – but having good straight-line performance is going to be vital.
“Also, there are two technical sections that are slow speed and quite tricky to pick the best line through, so getting both of those spot on will be pivotal.”
Not only is Chadwick busy with her W Series commitments in 2022, she is yet again fulfilling a role as Williams Academy driver, which could give her an advantage over the opposition as she has practiced the circuit on the state-of-the-art simulator at the Williams factory in Grove.
“The long left-hander that runs from Turn 7 into Turn 8 looks to be an area where plenty of time could be left on the table to gain, it will just be a case of how much you want to push it through that section.
“Towards the later phase of the lap, Turns 13, 14, 15 and 16 are a very tight run of corners that all lead one after another, with walls all around. Naturally that has the feeling of an old-school street track so there isn’t much room for error, but it’s also pretty technical.
“It’s one of those tracks where you’ll have a sense in the cockpit when you’ve done a good lap. The T7 to T8 section around the Marina, when you get that right, you’ll know – and it’ll feel pretty good too. And, of course, those two long straights both hold a lot of potential lap time.”
With all days of racing expected to be a sell out, racing fans can expected to be treated to wheel-to-wheel racing and overtaking aplenty due to the nature of the temporary circuit.
“They will be the best places for overtakes this weekend; in the W Series with the slipstreaming effect, I can imagine it will be pretty significant.
“Of the two long straights, the first has got a slight right to left kink in it, but it should still allow us to follow pretty close going into those hard braking zones.
“It will also be a good opportunity for overtaking in Formula One, especially with their DRS – the nature of passing here could well be a bit Baku-esque!”
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