Published: Tue, August 13, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

W Series won, Chadwick is ready to climb ladder towards F1

W Series won, Chadwick is ready to climb ladder towards F1

Fellow Briton Alice Powell won the series finale, with Finland's Emma Kimilainen second and Visser third. By the time Visser, the only person who could deprive Chadwick of the title, pulled off the deftest pass to relegate her from the podium places, pre-race nerves threatened to give way to full-blown panic.

She finished on the podium at five of the six races, winning in Hockenheim, Zolder and Misano. "This year has been a whirlwind, and today's race was more intense than any other racing day I've ever had". Chadwick finished with 110 points to Visser's 100. As Powell led the field into Clearways and the safety auto peeled into the pit lane with six minutes remaining in the 30-minute race, she cleverly bunched up the field then nailed it onto the straight, establishing a lead over Kimilainen that she would never lose.

'I found myself having a bit of wheel-banging, ' said Chadwick.

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'There's no certainty as to whether I'll be back, ' she said.

Chadwick, who is a development driver for Williams, became the first woman to win a Formula Three race a year ago and continues to chase a spot in Formula One.

"It's going to be a close fight, and I guess that's great for the championship".

"I suspected that W Series had the potential to be something big, but I never expected it to be this big".

"I want to go on and achieve a lot in the sport".

"We've spent so much of this year talking to the media about what is W Series, why it's needed and responding to our critics and giving our point of view against their criticism".

W Series Chief Executive Catherine Bond Muir has promised extra European rounds for 2020, with the series looking to expand further across the globe in the following years.

The overall runner-up will get $250,000, with $125,000 for third place and prize money through the field.

"I think we've done that now and next year has got to be all about the drivers and telling the drivers' stories and introducing the personalities and characters".

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