Williams retain Jamie Chadwick for 2021

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Jamie Chadwick in Williams gear / Image: formula1.com

Jamie Chadwick and her 2021 year just gets busier and busier. The reigning W Series champion will continue her role as a development driver for Williams this season. The retention makes sense considering the championship will support F1 this year. Williams claims that Jamie Chadwick will…

…increase her simulator programme at Grove and continue to be fully immersed within the team both trackside at certain Grands Prix and at the factory.

Presumably, those trackside “certain Grands Prix” will crossover nicely with the eight races where Jamie will be present on W Series duty. That is, of course, on the assumption that Chadwick will be doing the full W Series championship in 2021.

The question marks come over Veloce Racing also having Jamie Chadwick‘s services for their 2021 races. The team will compete in the inaugural Extreme E season. Great news for the number of car days for Jamie, but there are clashes between the two calendars. Should Chadwick be prioritising the all-electric off-road series, she would miss two rounds. The “Arctic xPrix” and “Amazon xPrix” are on the same weekends as F1’s Belgian and U.S. Grands Prix.

Will we see Jamie Chadwick driving a Williams in 2021?

Regardless, race clashes are a nice problem to have. Any racer would rather have too many commitments than not enough. There is no news whether we will see Jamie Chadwick in a Williams during a 2021 practice session. Yet, at least.

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Fellow Williams member, Roy Nissany, will be piloting the Williams FW43B later this month. The team appear happy to let others step in their F1 racer, despite their new owners. With George Russell and Nicholas Latifi remaining at the Grove outfit this year, there is no rookie driver needing as many race laps as they can get. The door may be slightly ajar for Chadwick to sneak in.

But, enough conjecture. Here’s what Jamie Chadwick said in the Williams announcement.

I have absolutely loved my time with Williams so far and could not be more delighted to continue working with the team in my role as Development Driver. I feel I am improving as a driver all the time, and my time spent in the simulator this coming season will prove to be invaluable. I look forward to fully immersing myself at Williams once again this year.

The W Series season will begin on the last weekend in June. We expect that will be the first time we will see Jamie Chadwick in the Williams garage in 2021.

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