Women's Sport: Jamie Chadwick on the right track to F1 driving

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Reigning W-Series champion Jamie Chadwick earned her first F1 super licence points this weekend at the F3 Asian Championship.

The British racer finished fourth overall in the F3 Championship after 15 races with Chadwick securing three podiums and one race win over the course of the competition.

Chadwick has now won 10 F1 licence points after her performance in the F3 Championship, with 25 points needed to qualify for F1 practice session driving and 40 points needed to race in F1.

If Chadwick is able to replicate her W-Series form from the 2019 season she could add a further 15 points to her F1 licence if she wins the W-Series league in 2020. If the British athlete finishes second she could win 12 points and the third position would mean 10 points collected.

The 21-year-old looks set to have a great opportunity to become the first woman to compete in Formula 1 since 1976 and will be hoping to repeat last year's W-Series win to ensure F1 racing remains in sight.

W-Series shows commitment to driver development

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On Sunday the W-Series announced it would be launching its very own driver training programme to prepare drivers for the competition.

W-Series CEO Catherine Bond Muir believes that the launch of the training programme shows a commitment to developing the best female drivers in the world with a view to reaching F1 in future.

“This means investment in skills and training as well as access to our proven international racing series.

“In this way, we believe we will help our drivers realise their full potential and prepare them for competition in the elite formulae of motorsport – perhaps even Formula 1,” she said in a statement.

The programme will be supported by a number of experts from other sports including Olympic gold medallist and heptathlete Jessica Ennis-Hill, former England netball captain Ama Agbeze, and snooker champion Jimmy White.

The W-Series kicks off in St Petersburg on May 30 and will feature as the undercard to two F1 races in Austin and Mexico City in October.

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