Jamie Chadwick, winner of both the 2019 MRF Challenge and W Series titles, has hailed Euroformula Open’s Dallara Formula 3 car as “fantastic to drive” after testing it at Silverstone.
The 21-year-old joined Euroformula’s annual trip to Britain to contest the Friday free practice sessions with Double R Racing, before flying off to Monza to complete her duties as Williams Formula 1 team’s development driver at the Italian Grand Prix.
“It’s unbelievable. So much downforce, a lot more power than I’m used to. It’s a really, really cool car,” Chadwick said. “I think it’s a great F3 car, it’s a shame they don’t run it still in other series, or W Series as well. It’s fantastic to drive.
“It’s a sticky tyre for sure,” she said of Euroformula’s Michelin rubber between free practice sessions. “It will be good to see how it feels next session with a new set on. It’s a peakier tyre, but obviously when you have a peakier tyre you get more from that. I’m looking forward to exploring that level of grip."
Chadwick’s chance to test drive the Euroformula car came at the last-minute, and it is an experience she is wishing to potentially replicate at one of the two remaining rounds this season: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya and Monza.
“If they don’t clash with anything, it would be great to look at doing some more racing at the end of this year. Obviously this weekend didn’t quite work out, it was very last minute to do today, I’ve got to go out to Monza afterwards anyway. If an opportunity comes up, I’d love to do a race weekend this year.”
For 2020, Euroformula introduces Dallara’s latest creation: the 320. It is a car Chadwick is also looking forward to drive.
“That’s got me really excited. I think this car is such a good step for junior drivers. The amount of downforce it’s got, the power, everything. The new car is kind of similar along those lines: light, a lot of downforce. It’s going to be an awesome car. I would definitely love to race it. I think next year will be exciting if this championship, and other championships can get that car.”
Beitske Visser, Chadwick’s W Series title rival, is also at Silverstone. She drives Senkyr Motorsport’s BMW M6 GT3 alongside Richard Gonda in International GT Open, a combination that has already brought podium success.