Dad Mike must be prouder still today, after it's been announced that his very talented daughter has been named an Aston Martin factory driver for this year.
Well done Jamie
Not such great news for organisers of the W series. Jamie Chadwick was one of the few drivers with a respectable record in single seater racing. Her decision to sign with Aston Martin presumably means she has given up any ambition to progress in single seaters.
Mind you a lot of young drivers are now making a career in GT racing. There were 12 cars in the opening round of British Formula 4. It seems that even millionaires now realise that they're wasting their money unless junior is signed up by an F1 team academy at age 15. Different for billionaires of course - they can buy junior an F1 team.
Since none of the W series race dates coincide with the VLN series dates, it's entirely possible that she will dovetail both series. Many drivers do this.
I'm sure she will. My point is that W series aims to increase the number of women competing in serious level single seater racing - F3, F2.... Signing an Aston Martin contract suggests that Jamie Chadwick sees her future in GT3 rather than in single seaters. The organisers will look rather silly if she or someone else wins the series and uses the prize fund to race GTs.
Forgive me, but you're making a pretty big assumption there and as Jamie is not here to speak for herself, I think it's a bit unfair to be speculating as to her motives, whatever they may be, for taking the AM drive. I'm just delighted to see her making such great progress in an exceptionally tough business.
The other young Brit who has impressed me hugely is Alice Powell . I'm not sure what she';s doing this year apart from Jag I Pce series (no,me neither) but when I saw her in F3 a couple of years ago she was visibly so much faster than the rest .
Sadly F3 in the UK is still a borderline basket case, with fewer than 20 cars this year. Once the 3rd or 4 th most important single seater series in the world , it has been sliding downhill for a decade. My first ever F3 race was as a marshal in 1906 (or so it now feels ) - 66 car entry , including some people who did quite well - Hunt , Lauda and Pace to name but three 3 ...
Agree with John on Alice Powell. I was always extremely impressed. Hard to believe she's been racing since 2008. Hopefully she will have an good opportunity to showcase her talent in W Series.
I’m a bit confused here. When did Alice Powell run in British F3?
I know she ran in the F3 Cup back in 2013 but it’s not really a high level series, mostly amateur clubbies, hobby racing.
Shes looked quite average in races that I’ve seen her in.
"When did Alice Powell run in British F3?"
Never to my knowledge. F3 Cup is a decent club series but nothing more. Mind you if she'd competed in the last proper British F3 race I attended she'd have been guaranteed 6th place. That's right 5 starters. A dismal farce surpassed only by the infamous 3 car parade that finished off British F3000/F2.
I fear that the field for British F3 in 2019 will be closer to 10 cars than 20. There were 12 in the first round of F4. Being a spec series devised by MSV it can't be compared to the series fondly remembered by John Aston. If Super Rat was racing it must have been 1970.
Jamie Chadwick is quoted in Motorsport UK's new magazine as saying that her ambition is to be F1 World Champion. GP2 next year? A woman who wins in that series will be in F1 as soon as Dr Marko can send Kvyat the standard Red Bull "you're fired" text.
Jamie has had a long term relationship with Aston Martin since winning the British GT4 title in 2015, with Ross Gunn, and has raced with them in various capacities each year since. I think they would like to have an involvement in her future, and her work with them dovetails quite neatly with the new W-Series. Don't take any quotes about F1 too literally. The media can exaggerate these things - but of course it's a dream.
Alice is racing in the W-Series, and this is where the W-Series should be commended. It will help the career aspirations of several promising female drivers who were struggling to make the next step in a very expensive sport.
John, now things are a bit more official, I'll get Jamie to contact you about the interview.