As Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen fight it out for the Formula One title, Jamie Chadwick showed the rivals what it takes to land a championship knockout blow.
Chadwick retained her W Series title crown in stunning fashion yesterday by securing her second win of the weekend in Texas – just hours before Hamilton and Verstappen renewed their rivalry in the US Grand Prix.
The Somerset racer, 23, pipped British counterpart Alice Powell by 27 points to win the second W Series championship, adding to the maiden title she won in 2019.
The female-only series has been supporting this season’s F1 campaign, with the eight races on the calendar taking place alongside those of the pinnacle of motorsport.
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That has given Chadwick the chance to take in the battle between Hamilton and Verstappen for the F1 championship in person – and she believes that battle has had a positive effect on the W Series.
“The main thing for me has been the upscale of the F1 package, it’s been such a cool championship to be a part of this season, I’ve really noticed the level up,” she told Mirror Sport.
“To then have had that alongside the fact that we’re going in as championship contenders is a great feeling.”
The 23-year-was vying with fellow Brit Powell for the W Series title, with her victory at the Circuit of the Americas confirming her place as the most successful driver in the history of the competition.
That has seen her draw comparisons to Hamilton, though Chadwick was quick to downplay those links.
“I don’t think it’s quite the same, compare winning W Series titles or becoming the greatest of all time like Lewis has done,” she said ahead of the final set of races.
“What he’s done in our sport is incredibly inspiring. But I wouldn’t be trying to emulate that in W Series.
“If I can have a successful weekend this weekend then hopefully W Series serves its purpose and I’ll get more opportunities to step up and use it as a platform.”
Hamilton watched the first practice session of the W Series in Austin, posting a message of support on Instagram which read “out watching and supporting W Series, these women are awesome”.
That message has clearly been welcomed by the drivers on the W Series grid, with Powell, who lost out to Chadwick by the barest of margins, hailing Lewis as the “greatest of all time”.
“It’s super cool. I saw that after the session. To have Lewis promote the series and give some nice words of support to all of us is amazing,” the 28-year-old said.
“He is the greatest of all time so to have something like him watch over the pit wall and take a cool video is really nice.
“We hugely appreciate his support and kind words and hopefully he’ll be able to enjoy some good racing this weekend.”
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