Chadwick leads as all-female W Series readies for first race

Britain's Jamie Chadwick leads the field at Hockenheim

Chadwick was the class of the field all weekend in Germany

Two of the leading racers in the W Series, Jamie Chadwick and Alice Powell have expressed their difficulties with a gearbox problem following the opening race at Hockenheim. So they made the right decision. "I think it would be quite interesting if there was a little bit of pressure applied to F1".

"If it wasn't for W Series I wouldn't be sat here or back in a race vehicle", said Powell.

Chadwick secured a dominant win at the opening race this weekend, comfortably winning the race as well as earning pole position and the fastest lap of the race.

W Series aims to promote women drivers and help them compete against men further up the motorsport ladder and Coulthard said the concept interested Formula One owners Liberty Media.

"If it wasn't for the W Series, I wouldn't be back in a race auto", she said.

If the 20-year-old does go on to become one of motorsport's great trailblazers, we will be able to say that it was at this evocative old track, drenched by a cold front sweeping through the Rhine Valley, that her quest started in earnest.

Chadwick, who past year became the first woman to win a British Formula Three race and in 2015 was the first woman to win a British GT championship, did not have it all her own way, however. Chadwick has always been adamant that she would want such a move to be dictated exclusively by ability, not granted as a token gesture. Chadwick is arguably the most invigorating young female talent on four wheels, and W Series has offered the most prominent showcase yet for her gifts. "It's all about making the best progress I can". One thing motorsport is bad at, is that it doesn't allow time for development - you get written off very quickly. "The W Series is offering the chance for us to grow". I feel the potential is there to push on and race at the top level but I am still a way off that at the moment.

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