August 12, 2022

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Jamie Chadwick shares her career ambitions, while Caitlyn Jenner explains why she started Jenner Racing

Jamie Chadwick shares her career ambitions, while Caitlyn Jenner explains why she started Jenner Racing

W Series champion Jamie Chadwick stressed her “ultimate goal” was to reach Formula 1, but questioned whether female drivers were physically capable of competing in the series.

Chadwick is the dominant force in the all-female racing series, created in 2019 to act as a stepping stone to F1.

The 24-year-old is bidding for her sixth successive F1 undercard win at the British Grand Prix this weekend as she chases a treble of titles.

But it’s been 46 years since a competitor – Italian Lella Lombardi – last competed in an F1 race and eight years since Susie Wolff, who is married to Mercedes team principal Toto, took part in a session. Grand Prix trials.

“The ultimate goal is to be in those championships, ideally Formula 2 and then Formula 1,” British driver Chadwick told Sky Sports.

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But she added to the PA news agency on the physical demands: “I don’t know what’s actually possible.

“To get into Formula 1 you have to go through the starting series – Formula 3 and Formula 2 – and it’s extremely physical.

“Formula 1 is extremely physical, and we don’t know exactly what women are capable of in this sport.

“If you’re 15 or 16 and you get into car racing, without power steering and without driving big heavy cars, a lot of women struggle, even if they’ve been successful in karting.

“We like to think women can make it happen – and I’m happy to be the guinea pig and I’ll do my best to push and explore the options in Formula 1 – but we don’t know.

The 2022 Formula 1 season heats up at Silverstone this weekend for the famous British Grand Prix, all live on Sky Sports F1

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The 2022 Formula 1 season heats up at Silverstone this weekend for the famous British Grand Prix, all live on Sky Sports F1

The 2022 Formula 1 season heats up at Silverstone this weekend for the famous British Grand Prix, all live on Sky Sports F1

“There hasn’t been a single woman in the recent era who has done it. I’m trying to figure out if it has to do with the physical side.

“If it’s physically possible and women can compete against men, how can we get there? However, if it’s physically too hard, but the sport wants women to compete, then we have to bring it back and understand why.”

Chadwick, a development driver for Williams, believes a number of technical changes need to be made to help riders.

She continued: “I don’t think it’s as simple as getting stronger in the gym and jumping in the car.

“Although our sport is incredibly advanced with a lot of things, the physical human performance side is poorly understood.

Jamie Chadwick holds huge W-series lead ahead of British GP

Jamie Chadwick holds huge W-series lead ahead of British GP

“In Formula 2 and Formula 3, the steering wheels are all the same and they have a thick grip. How can we make them thinner because women’s hands are not necessarily so big?

“How can we make sure there are no restrictions on how close the pedals are so you can get the right amount of leverage?

“And some of the newer bathtubs in the cockpit are really narrow. Women with bigger hips can’t fit comfortably in them.

“A lot of these things have been overlooked for obvious reasons, but now we need to see if it makes a difference to performance.”

Chadwick holds a 37-point lead over compatriot Abbi Pulling heading into the third round of eight – which take place every F1 weekend.

“I would like to think that in the next three to four years we will see a female driver in F1,” concluded Chadwick.

“There are a lot of talents younger than me who could be very successful, but there are details in the sport that have been a limiting factor before.

“Trying to understand them and change them – even if it’s not for me, but for the next generation – is going to be important.”