Going into the final two races of the season at the Circuit of the Americas, the W Series title was still well and truly up for grabs. With 109 points to their name each, Jamie Chadwick and Alice Powell were level pegging at the top. But the defending champion in the single-seater race car gave her fellow Brit no quarter at the final showdown in Texas. With P2 and P1 in qualifying and two wins that were never in doubt, Jamie Chadwick was once again crowned champion of the only Formula race series for women in the world at the double header in the USA.
This brought a successful, exciting W Series season to an end, which after the coronavirus-enforced break in 2020, was held as part of Formula 1 for the first time. The drivers made the most of this exclusive platform in the top tier and put on a spectacular show of motorsport for fans in six countries on two continents. Right from the very start, Jamie Chadwick and Alice Powell were embroiled in a fantastic duel that kept the race for the title thrilling down to the wire. The two drivers won seven of the eight races overall; in only one race was Finland’s Emma Kimiläinen able to interrupt the winning streak of her British rivals by getting the win.
The Hankook race tyres proved to be an excellent partner for the young drivers once again. With its dependability and consistently strong performance, the Ventus Race helped the drivers to get the most out of themselves and their car on every racetrack. Jamie Chadwick: “It has been a hard-fought season with some great moments in the title battle between Alice Powell and I. Becoming W Series champion is a dream come true and I can’t thank everyone who has helped to make this possible enough. Teamwork is incredibly important in motorsport, and the contribution of the entire W Series family in getting the cars out on track and performing well should never be underestimated. Extracting maximum performance from the tyres is an integral part of any successful season, and I have to say a big thank you to Hankook for the tyres they have supplied in 2021. Feeling confident in the car is crucial, and Hankook’s tyres have enabled all of us to give it everything and perform to the best of our abilities on motor racing’s greatest stage.”
Manfred Sandbichler, Hankook Motorsport Director Europe: “Jamie Chadwick showed her superlative class in the final two races and proved to be a real champion by defending her title. W Series was given the ideal platform to present itself to the international motorsport scene as part of Formula 1. The young drivers made the most of this opportunity and proved to the world that women can be just as spectacular racing drivers as men. Hankook is pleased to have contributed to this positive development as a partner from the outset.”
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