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2022 Season Review | W Series

31 October 2022

574 kilometres, 110 laps, seven races, five new drivers, four new circuits, three continents, and one three-time champion.

“W Series’ 2022 season started with a bang in Miami, and, after a tour of our European homeland, we raced in Asia for the first time,” says W Series CEO Catherine Bond Muir. “Along the way, our drivers have wowed fans new and old, at circuits new and old, with some spectacular racing, and I am proud of them all. Their resilience, professionalism, skill, dedication, and determination to carve out opportunities for themselves in the male-dominated world of motorsport is truly inspirational. It is this which has always, and will continue, to drive everybody at W Series forward.

“Congratulations to our three-time champion, Jamie Chadwick, who has proved herself to be the class of the 2022 field. She is a trailblazer, inspiring the next generation and setting the benchmark for her peers, who are rising to the challenge. Indeed, the standard throughout the W Series field has improved immeasurably this year, vindicating the decision for her to defend her title again. The best women drivers in the world will always be welcomed with open arms by W Series.”

So, let’s look back at W Series’ memorable 2022 season…

Race 1: Miami International Autodrome, Miami, Florida, USA, 7 May

The waiting was finally over and, 195 days after the nail-biting finale to W Series’ second season, the international single-seater motor racing championship for women drivers’ 2022 campaign began with a double-header in support of the inaugural Formula 1® Miami Grand Prix.

W Series’ third on-track season started where the second left off in October 2021 – in the USA. But, where the Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas, was the stage when Jamie became a two-time W Series champion in front of a record 400,000 fans, the Briton began her title defence 1,326 miles (2,134km) away in Florida at the brand-new Miami International Autodrome.

Last season’s runner-up, Alice Powell, topped the practice session, but Nerea Martí was quickest in qualifying. The Spaniard pipped Jamie by less than one tenth of a second to secure her maiden pole position, but she couldn’t capitalise, making a slow getaway which allowed Jamie to take the lead at the start. She was overtaken by Emma Kimiläinen in the final third of the race, but regained the lead on the final lap after Emma ran wide at Turn 1.

Jamie said: “I don’t know if I deserved that victory. I struggled for pace, and Emma did a good job to get past when she caught me out. I was just trying to get some points as I was struggling. It’s a win and I’m a bit surprised by that, but I’ll take it and I’m happy as it’s a great start to the season.”

Race 2: Miami International Autodrome, Miami, Florida, USA, 8 May

Jamie started the second race of the opening double-header from pole position, as the drivers’ second-best qualifying time determined the starting grid. She completed a perfect weekend, with her fourth straight W Series race win, and eighth overall, achieved in much simpler fashion than her victory from the previous day. After an expertly controlled drive from pole, Jamie crossed the finish line three seconds ahead of Nerea, over whom she now held a 24-point lead at the top of the championship standings.

Jamie said: “I’m really happy with that win and happy to bounce back to be honest. I lacked confidence yesterday and didn’t feel like I deserved the win, so I’m happy to get that one under my belt. With the nature of the circuit and the heat, it was all about keeping it clean, making no mistakes and keeping the tyres in check. Nerea kept the pressure on, but I responded when I needed to, stayed calm, and managed the gap well which gave me some breathing space at the end.”

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