Chadwick declares return to W series, responds to criticism

The doubles winner announced Tuesday her return to the all-female championship with Olympic athlete Caitlyn Jenner’s new Team Jenner Racing.

It drew criticism on social media, including 2021 runner-up Alice Powell, who said she felt “champions should move on”.

On Thursday, Chadwick admitted her frustration at not being able to get into FIA Formula 3 or 2, saying: “In the short amount of time we’ve had we haven’t been able to secure the funding that we needed.”


She said: “I know I’ve read a lot of comments, there’s a lot of frustration that I haven’t been able to take that next step in Formula 3 or Formula 2 and trust me I hear it, I know .

“I wanted to take that step too and I made no secret of that when I won the championship last year.

“Obviously I wanted to develop further, but honestly there are so many factors that go into getting a seat like this, especially a competitive one.

“I think the overriding factor is funding and to be perfectly honest we have not been able to secure the funding that we needed in the short amount of time we had.

“Obviously that means I’m coming back to the W series, but I don’t see that as a step backwards, I think it’s yet another opportunity to race, to try and find the budget and funding for the next step that I’m going to take still think possible.

“Even if not in Europe, in America, I think there are still so many opportunities, so yeah, I’m still very grateful for the W Series.

“Honestly I wouldn’t be racing at all without them, so the fact that we can even have this discussion about me going into F3 or F2 is something I wouldn’t have had two or three years ago.”

Chadwick added: “It’s not the end, we have a long-term goal. Obviously it won’t be F3 or F2 this year, but maybe next year.”

W-Series CEO Catherine Bond Muir defended Chadwick’s return on Wednesday, telling there are “systemic issues in motorsport for women”. Most importantly, Chadwick was in a racing seat for the season.

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