Women's W Series could link up with F1 in future seasons

Britain's Jamie Chadwick leads the field at Hockenheim

Britain's Jamie Chadwick leads the field at Hockenheim

The remorseless rise of Jamie Chadwick took another decisive turn yesterday as the British racer, long touted as the best hope of ending a 43-year wait for a female driver in Formula One, propelled herself to a dominant victory in the inaugural W Series race at Hockenheim. She wrested back the lead with a smart move on another Brit, Sarah Moore, and ended up victorious by 1.3sec.

Former racer David Coulthard, a key player behind the scenes, said at Hockenheim there had already been discussions about the W Series featuring on the Formula One support programme.

"Australia wanted us to be there for the first race".

The new all-women W Series is in talks with Formula One and several tracks about the possibility of running as the undercard race during grand prix weekends. "I felt I didn't quite manage it as well as I should have done". The real benefit W Series offers is in enabling a step up to the global F3 competition in 2020, and potentially F2 after that.

"As a driver, a win is a win, but as a person, and as a female in motorsport, I think this is incredible", she said, after fending off the charge of fellow Briton Alice Powell for the win.

Formula One hasn't had a female driver in more than four decades.

The race didn't come without its controversy, however, and Chadwick expressed her dissatisfaction with the gearbox problem over the radio during the race.

"We have had a conversation, they would like to see how it develops". With the amount of financial backing that's required, I wasn't going to progress much further in single-seaters. One thing motorsport is terrible at, is that it doesn't allow time for development - you get written off very quickly. You get written off very fast, so what the W Series is offering is a bit of time for development.

"This year the focus is the W Series, next year who knows what the focus will be", she said.

"I feel like there's the potential there to race in the top levels of motorsport".