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Jamie Chadwick says F1 is her ‘ultimate goal’ but describes ‘physical’ issues for female drivers

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Jamie Chadwick’s “ultimate goal” is to make it to F1, but he admits: “There hasn’t been a woman in the recent era who has. I’m trying to understand if that has to do with physicality”; Watch the W Series on Sky Sports F1 this Saturday

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W-Series champion Jamie Chadwick has emphasized that her “ultimate goal” is to make it to Formula One, but has questioned whether the female drivers are physically capable of competing in the series.

Chadwick is the dominant force in the all-female racing series, established in 2019 to serve as a springboard into F1.

The 24-year-old is looking to take her sixth straight win on the F1 undercard at the British Grand Prix this weekend as she pursues a hat-trick of titles.

But it has been 46 years since a competitor, Italy’s Lella Lombardi, entered an F1 race and eight years since Susie Wolff, who is married to Mercedes team principal Toto, competed in a Grand Prix practice session. .

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

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But he added to the PA news agency of the physical demands: “I don’t know what is really possible.

“To get into Formula One, you have to go through the feed series, Formula Three and Formula Two, and it’s extremely physical.

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

“If you’re 15 or 16 and you’re in car racing, without power steering and driving big, heavy cars, a lot of women have a hard time, even if they’ve been successful in go-karts.

“We like to think that women can make it, and I’m happy to be the guinea pig and I’ll do my best to push and explore the options of Formula One, but we don’t know.”

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The 2022 Formula 1 season comes to Silverstone this weekend for the world famous British Grand Prix, all live on Sky Sports F1

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

“If it’s physically possible, and women can compete against men, how do we make that happen? However, if it’s physically too difficult, but the sport wants women to compete, we need to bring it back and understand why.” . “

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

She continued, “I don’t think it’s as simple as getting strong in the gym and getting in the car.

“Although our sport is incredibly advanced in many things, the physical aspect of human performance is not well understood.

Jamie Chadwick has a commanding lead in the W Series ahead of the British GP

Jamie Chadwick has a commanding lead in the W Series ahead of the British GP

“In Formula Two and Formula Three, the steering wheels are all identical and have a thick grip. How can we make them thinner because women’s hands aren’t necessarily that big?

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

“And some of the newer bathtubs in the cabin are very narrow. Women with larger hips can’t fit comfortably in them.”

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

Chadwick holds a 37-point lead over compatriot Abbi Pulling heading into the third round of eight, all of which take place on F1 weekends.

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

“There is a lot of talent that is younger than me who could have great success, but there are details within the sport that have been a limiting factor before.

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

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