Jamie Chadwick - First competitive female driver in F1?

Jamie Chadwick - First competitive female driver in F1?

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thegreenhell

10,894 posts

197 months

Sunday 22nd May
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jsf said:
Koln-RS said:
I even saw her racing in the Spa 6Hr Classic a couple of years ago, in a lwt E-Type. I was with a group, inc Marcus Pye, and we were all amazed how she threw it around in heavy traffic and changing weather for hours on end.
She was 5.5s a lap slower than the fastest E-Type. (assuming she was the fastest of the pair in that car)

Fair play to her for having a go in the event, it's quite a challenge, especially for someone as young as she was, but she didn't show enough pace to make her look like an up and coming top pro. By comparison some of the young drivers in that event have ended up as F1 drivers, works WEC drivers and WEC world champions, they were ballistic, you could see the talent shine.

Spa 6 hours is a great event full of some of the best historic racers, she didn't stand out against those, she was no where near a pro in that type of car.
Not all E-Types are the same, as you well know. Even at Goodwood you can have a grid of ostensibly similar cars with pro and ex-pro drivers being several seconds apart on pace due to small differences in the level of preparation and setup. I don't think it's fair to criticise her performance in that race unless she was 5.5 seconds slower than her teammate in the same car, because unless you were working in that team that weekend we simply have no way of knowing how much of that 5.5 seconds was down to her and how much was the car.

jsf

26,227 posts

214 months

Sunday 22nd May
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thegreenhell said:
Not all E-Types are the same, as you well know. Even at Goodwood you can have a grid of ostensibly similar cars with pro and ex-pro drivers being several seconds apart on pace due to small differences in the level of preparation and setup. I don't think it's fair to criticise her performance in that race unless she was 5.5 seconds slower than her teammate in the same car, because unless you were working in that team that weekend we simply have no way of knowing how much of that 5.5 seconds was down to her and how much was the car.
True, but as i said, she didn't stand out. Even in an Average car, a top driver shines. She did nothing special, which was the implication from the post i was replying to.

Her team mate finished 10th without her last year, so the car isn't a dog.

Tazar

284 posts

170 months

Sunday 22nd May
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An invited driver, as many of us know, receives instructions from the owner or team manager on how to drive a particular car. That can change from race to race depending on the state of the car and the experience of the driver in a particular race.
Sometimes a driver doesn’t give a shine out performance depending on the instructions received. If told, go for it, then sometimes an amazing drive is given. Sometimes the instructions are it’s not running properly at the top end or just bring it home safely. If the owner or team manager says she was rubbish in our car then maybe she was. Until then maybe the benefit of the doubt may be given.

Edited by Tazar on Sunday 22 May 21:01

Koln-RS

3,495 posts

190 months

Sunday 22nd May
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The reason I recall this event well is because I was there with the son of a friend, who engineered for one of the teams, and he knew Chadwick and pointed her out.

She had just won her first WS title and there was quite a bit of interest in her jumping into an historic for the first time. I thought she did a good job, qualifying 24th and finishing 11th. Car was owned by a wealthy Russian (?) woman, but Chadwick did most of the driving.

I saw Marcus Pye there, and in his review he wrote this in Autosport.




Edited by Koln-RS on Sunday 22 May 22:37