With Formula One heading east for the Asian double-header, there were more Williams Racing drivers than just Alex and Nicky taking the long-haul trip as two of our Academy members joined us in Singapore.
Jamie Chadwick was in action in W Series after a two-month summer break, and Logan Sargeant continued his F1 education by joining us for a busy weekend around the Marina Bay Street Circuit and the city of Singapore.
Singapore Academy News
Both Jamie and Logan filled their schedules, even though Jamie was the only Williams Academy Driver taking to the track last weekend. The Grand Prix takes over the city when F1 rolls into town, and our duo left an impression across Singapore.
Like Nicky, Logan delighted fans – twice, in fact – at our pop-up store at Suntec City, where so many of you came and said hello and took selfies with our drivers.
And from the fantastic welcome at Suntec City, there were more smiles when Jamie and Logan caught up in the W Series paddock where Jamie was preparing for her three days of running.
The two escaped the heat under the Jenner Racing awning to share Singapore tips.
As the sun set on Thursday, the unique Marina Bay Sands Hotel offered unrivalled views of the city, and, unsurprisingly, Sarge took the time to head to the boat-shaped roof to soak up the nighttime cityscape views.
As F1 got into gear on Friday, Logan immersed himself in the team environment at the garage to get an idea of what to expect for his FP1 outing in Austin later this month
as Jamie familiarised herself with a circuit she described as "really, really special
" to drive around.
Paddock Club appearances, a track walk, meeting our partners Acronis, and even an interview with Will Arnett on the new Amazon Amp show filled the rest of Logan's time to make his first Williams Singapore Grand Prix one to remember.
Jamie's Track Time
W Series might not have been in action since Hungary, but Jamie had the small matter of a test in Indy Lights, IndyCar's feeder championship, to tackle in the extended gap.
Our 24-year-old racer clocked up 210 miles in Andretti Autosport machinery at Sebring, and after her first taste of the 450hp car, Jamie said: “I had a really big smile on my face as soon as I got out of the car.
“It’s a lot of fun; a bit more oversteering than I’m used to, but it really is a beast and a lot of fun so far.”
Back to W Series, and the champagne remained on ice in the Singapore heat as Jamie's peerless streak of W Series podiums ended on Sunday. Our double-champion racer had hoped to clinch her third title in Singapore but had her race end in the barriers to record her first W Series DNF.
Despite Jamie's misfortune, her brilliant drives in the opening six rounds mean she heads into the final three races with a 50-point lead. A victory at the Circuit of the Americas, where she won twice in 2021, will see Jamie clinch the crown.
After a two-month summer break, Jamie will hit the track three more times in October. W Series will return on October 21-22 at the Circuit of the Americas before a brace of races in Mexico to conclude the season one week later.
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