British Formula 3 race winner Jamie Chadwick has signed with the Williams Formula 1 team in a development driver role.
Chadwick, who is the current championship leader in the all-female W Series, will join the Grove-based outfit to assist its simulator programme.
The 21-year-old is due to attend three European races, the first at July’s British Grand Prix, as well as working alongside the team at the factory in Grove.
Chadwick has a successful career in junior formulae, becoming the first female winner in British F3 last year. She also claimed the 2018/19 MRF Winter Series and the inaugural victory in the first W Series race at Hockenheim.
“It is a great honour to be joining the Williams Racing Driver Academy,” Chadwick said.
“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.”
Claire Williams, Deputy Team Principal, added: “I am delighted to confirm that Jamie Chadwick has joined the Williams Racing Driver Academy in the role of Development Driver.
“I have had the pleasure of watching Jamie race first hand in Hockenheim where she claimed victory at the season opening W Series race.
“Alongside her on-track commitments, Jamie will undertake simulator work for Williams, be immersed both trackside and at the factory with the team and will participate in marketing activities.
“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 will join Formula 2 championship leader and Williams reserve driver Nicholas Latifi in the team’s academy.