Williams retain W Series winner Chadwick as development driver

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(Reuters) - Inaugural W Series champion Jamie Chadwick will remain a development driver for Williams for the 2021 season with an increased simulator programme, the Formula One team said on Monday.

Williams said the 22-year-old, whose success in the all-female series boosted her profile in 2019, would "continue to be fully immersed within the team both trackside and certain Grands Prix and at the factory".

"I feel I am improving as a driver all the time, and my time spent in the simulator this coming season will prove to be invaluable," Chadwick said in a statement https://www.williamsf1.com/news/2021/02/williams-racing-confirms-jamie-chadwick-for-2021.

The Briton, who joined the Williams Driver Academy in 2019, will defend her W series title this season when the championship returns in June after being cancelled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The single-seater series uses identical Formula Three cars and its eight races will accompany selected F1 grands prix in Europe and North America.

Chadwick has also signed up with the Veloce team for the new electric off-road Extreme E series that is due to begin in April.

(Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; Editing by Giles Elgood)