Jamie Chadwick says she is interested in pursuing a future race seat in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship after securing a test with NIO.
The British F3 race winner will test for the Chinese-entered manufacturer the day after the Ad Diriyah E-Prix next month and says she is looking at the all-electric championship as “a viable” possibility for continuing her single-seater career.
“As soon as I found out more of the opportunity with NIO it became a bit of a no-brainer,” Chadwick told e-racing365.
“To get the opportunity at this test and then looking beyond it as well it is all really exciting.
“I’m under no illusions on how tough it will be but Formula E will sky-rocket even more than we are seeing now, so [a race seat] is something I am definitely interested in pursuing.
“F1 is still the pinnacle in my opinion, so I have to work very hard to look at it, but as a goal it seems much more viable to reach than F1 at the moment.”
Chadwick believes that next month’s test is a positive initiative to offer opportunities to young female talent, with at least seven women on the entry list.
“With the support of teams like NIO, and the promotion of this test shows that opportunities can be made, so fingers crossed it is something we can look at in the future,” she said.
“It is definitely something we are discussing but there is nothing written down yet beyond Riyadh but hopefully if things go well in the next few weeks we can push to agree something more.
“Having got to know NIO they are a great team and one I want to be involved with more, so I hope there can be some discussions going forward as it is something that I’d like to do and get involved with.”
Chadwick is believed to have been in discussions with several teams but a deal with NIO was completed in early October.
She is managed by former racer Rupert Svendsen-Cooke and finished eighth in this season’s BRDC British F3 Championship where she became the first ever female race winner.
Valencia Attendance “Really Useful”
Chadwick attended the final day of the Valencia pre-season test last month where she was embedded within NIO to fast-track her knowledge of the series and the new Gen 2 cars.
She has also already conducted some simulator work at NIO’s Oxfordshire base and will commence more sessions in the coming weeks.
“Being able to sit in on some debriefs [in Valencia] was really useful because in comparison to what I’ve previously done where the focus is on pure racing, this is also about developing the technology,” she said.
“I’ve done a little bit of sim work and we plan to do more before the test.”
Chadwick said that she is keen to arm herself with as much knowledge as possible ahead of the test which will see her contribute vital mileage in what is one of only three opportunities for teams to conduct in-season testing.
“It is a very different discipline and it shouldn’t be underestimated how tough it is to learn,” she said.
“I don’t know the exact structure of the test yet, but the other car will be out with either Tom [Dillmann] or Oliver [Turvey] so not only is that a good benchmark for me but hopefully we can help the team gather as much information as possible.”