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PostPosted: Wed Oct 30, 2019 12:45 pm 
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"To be clear, and to clarify some media speculation on the subject, I’m not now referring to Katherine Legge or Michelle Gatting. A very experienced driver, Katherine performed extremely well at Almeria, as you’d expect, but, despite being favourably impressed by the quality of the W Series operation, she decided to remain focused on her USA-based racing programme in 2020 and as such hasn’t put her name forward to race with us next year. Michelle performed extremely well at Almeria too, but also elected not to race with us next year but instead to concentrate on other series."


They've also clarified that from next year the Champ won't be allowed to stay on defend their title due to them now having Super License point eligibility.

The drives are fully funded by the series, so wonder what Chadders is going to do with her half a million quid!

Apparently it wasn't enough money to buy her the drive she wanted so I guess she's come back to the series to top it up?

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The whole concept is a bit ‘emperor’s new clothes’ to me. Plenty of people saying how wonderful it all is but nobody can say what the actual specific purpose is. If it’s supposed to get more women interested in watching, that’s not happening. If it’s to give women an artificial boost up the ladder, all they’re going to do is end up like Calderon; going from middle-bottom half every race to almost invariably last.

Okay, best case scenario for Chadwick; she wins again and has enough money for a full F3 seat for a season at Prema. There are two possible outcomes from that:
1. She gets the drive and at best spends a season fighting over minor points whilst her teammates battle for the title.
2. They decide they’d prefer someone more competitive and she doesn’t get the drive, so a year of her career gets wasted in WSeries.

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Okay, best case scenario for Chadwick; she wins again and has enough money for a full F3 seat for a season at Prema. There are two possible outcomes from that:
1. She gets the drive and at best spends a season fighting over minor points whilst her teammates battle for the title.
2. They decide they’d prefer someone more competitive and she doesn’t get the drive, so a year of her career gets wasted in WSeries.

I mean, there is a third possibility where she's quicker than you expect and actually wins a race or two. I don't think it's quite as cut-and-dried as you make it out to be.

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The whole concept is a bit ‘emperor’s new clothes’ to me. Plenty of people saying how wonderful it all is but nobody can say what the actual specific purpose is. If it’s supposed to get more women interested in watching, that’s not happening. If it’s to give women an artificial boost up the ladder, all they’re going to do is end up like Calderon; going from middle-bottom half every race to almost invariably last.

Okay, best case scenario for Chadwick; she wins again and has enough money for a full F3 seat for a season at Prema. There are two possible outcomes from that:
1. She gets the drive and at best spends a season fighting over minor points whilst her teammates battle for the title.
2. They decide they’d prefer someone more competitive and she doesn’t get the drive, so a year of her career gets wasted in WSeries.

Prema were quite happy to run Sean Geleal in F2 this year and Mick Schumacher was never going to run for the title given how long it takes him to get up to speed in any new series he enters, so they are not averse to just taking the money.

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Okay, best case scenario for Chadwick; she wins again and has enough money for a full F3 seat for a season at Prema. There are two possible outcomes from that:
1. She gets the drive and at best spends a season fighting over minor points whilst her teammates battle for the title.
2. They decide they’d prefer someone more competitive and she doesn’t get the drive, so a year of her career gets wasted in WSeries.

I mean, there is a third possibility where she's quicker than you expect and actually wins a race or two. I don't think it's quite as cut-and-dried as you make it out to be.


TBH fighting over the minor points IS quicker than I expect. She spent the second half of the season being outperformed by Powell, who was usually about 19th in GP3.

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Okay, best case scenario for Chadwick; she wins again and has enough money for a full F3 seat for a season at Prema. There are two possible outcomes from that:
1. She gets the drive and at best spends a season fighting over minor points whilst her teammates battle for the title.
2. They decide they’d prefer someone more competitive and she doesn’t get the drive, so a year of her career gets wasted in WSeries.

I mean, there is a third possibility where she's quicker than you expect and actually wins a race or two. I don't think it's quite as cut-and-dried as you make it out to be.

Highly unlikely given how she couldn't win a race in the W series in the second half of the season and barely beat Visser, a driver who got dropped from the Red Bull program after 3 seasons in FR3.5 were in her best season she finished second from last of the regular runners.

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Okay, best case scenario for Chadwick; she wins again and has enough money for a full F3 seat for a season at Prema. There are two possible outcomes from that:
1. She gets the drive and at best spends a season fighting over minor points whilst her teammates battle for the title.
2. They decide they’d prefer someone more competitive and she doesn’t get the drive, so a year of her career gets wasted in WSeries.

I mean, there is a third possibility where she's quicker than you expect and actually wins a race or two. I don't think it's quite as cut-and-dried as you make it out to be.

Highly unlikely given how she couldn't win a race in the W series in the second half of the season and barely beat Visser, a driver who got dropped from the Red Bull program after 3 seasons in FR3.5 were in her best season she finished second from last of the regular runners.

Oh, I totally agree that it's unlikely. I just don't agree that it's impossible.

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Imageimage source = soymotor.com

We'll have a better idea of the truth behind the hype regarding 13 year old Juju Noda (daughter of very occasional F1 driver Hideki) in 2020.

She has entered the 2020 Danish F4 championship as the minimum age requirement in Denmark is 14 (her birthday is in February). The holder of the Okayama F4 lap record (set when she was 12), her domestic Karting resume is good and she created a strong impression on WSC drivers when testing an F3 car in 2019.

She cannot get a Japanese racing license until she's 16, that's why she's coming to Europe, as the Danish F4 series uses the same chassis (Mygale) as the UK series there should be some correlation.

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We'll have a better idea of the truth behind the hype regarding 13 year old Juju Noda (daughter of very occasional F1 driver Hideki) in 2020.

She has entered the 2020 Danish F4 championship as the minimum age requirement in Denmark is 14 (her birthday is in February). The holder of the Okayama F4 lap record (set when she was 12), her domestic Karting resume is good and she created a strong impression on WSC drivers when testing an F3 car in 2019.

She cannot get a Japanese racing license until she's 16, that's why she's coming to Europe, as the Danish F4 series uses the same chassis (Mygale) as the UK series there should be some correlation.

Link to article



Interesting, thanks for that. Can't help but think it's a bit too soon but if she's over the min age then that's all that matters. I didn't buy into the hype as such but certainly should be interesting to watch how she copes.

Nice web site too - will take a good look at that later , thanks,

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Battle Far wrote:
Imageimage source = soymotor.com

We'll have a better idea of the truth behind the hype regarding 13 year old Juju Noda (daughter of very occasional F1 driver Hideki) in 2020.

She has entered the 2020 Danish F4 championship as the minimum age requirement in Denmark is 14 (her birthday is in February). The holder of the Okayama F4 lap record (set when she was 12), her domestic Karting resume is good and she created a strong impression on WSC drivers when testing an F3 car in 2019.

She cannot get a Japanese racing license until she's 16, that's why she's coming to Europe, as the Danish F4 series uses the same chassis (Mygale) as the UK series there should be some correlation.

Link to article



Interesting, thanks for that. Can't help but think it's a bit too soon but if she's over the min age then that's all that matters. I didn't buy into the hype as such but certainly should be interesting to watch how she copes.

Nice web site too - will take a good look at that later , thanks,

Agreed DOLOMITE, but at least it seems THIS girl has something to her and isn't just the right gender for media hype. Hopefully she proves to be a top contender and can progress through the ranks and make it to F1, but to do so she's going to face a plethora of top talent which will help to better evaluate her abilities.

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F1 MERCENARY wrote:
DOLOMITE wrote:
Battle Far wrote:
Imageimage source = soymotor.com

We'll have a better idea of the truth behind the hype regarding 13 year old Juju Noda (daughter of very occasional F1 driver Hideki) in 2020.

She has entered the 2020 Danish F4 championship as the minimum age requirement in Denmark is 14 (her birthday is in February). The holder of the Okayama F4 lap record (set when she was 12), her domestic Karting resume is good and she created a strong impression on WSC drivers when testing an F3 car in 2019.

She cannot get a Japanese racing license until she's 16, that's why she's coming to Europe, as the Danish F4 series uses the same chassis (Mygale) as the UK series there should be some correlation.

Link to article



Interesting, thanks for that. Can't help but think it's a bit too soon but if she's over the min age then that's all that matters. I didn't buy into the hype as such but certainly should be interesting to watch how she copes.

Nice web site too - will take a good look at that later , thanks,

Agreed DOLOMITE, but at least it seems THIS girl has something to her and isn't just the right gender for media hype. Hopefully she proves to be a top contender and can progress through the ranks and make it to F1, but to do so she's going to face a plethora of top talent which will help to better evaluate her abilities.

This is a bit unfair.

She has been in the news for a while and a quick Google search will show you her name plenty. Red Bull ran this last April when she was 12:

https://www.redbull.com/int-en/fastest- ... otorsports


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Siao7 wrote:
F1 MERCENARY wrote:
DOLOMITE wrote:
Battle Far wrote:
Imageimage source = soymotor.com

We'll have a better idea of the truth behind the hype regarding 13 year old Juju Noda (daughter of very occasional F1 driver Hideki) in 2020.

She has entered the 2020 Danish F4 championship as the minimum age requirement in Denmark is 14 (her birthday is in February). The holder of the Okayama F4 lap record (set when she was 12), her domestic Karting resume is good and she created a strong impression on WSC drivers when testing an F3 car in 2019.

She cannot get a Japanese racing license until she's 16, that's why she's coming to Europe, as the Danish F4 series uses the same chassis (Mygale) as the UK series there should be some correlation.

Link to article



Interesting, thanks for that. Can't help but think it's a bit too soon but if she's over the min age then that's all that matters. I didn't buy into the hype as such but certainly should be interesting to watch how she copes.

Nice web site too - will take a good look at that later , thanks,

Agreed DOLOMITE, but at least it seems THIS girl has something to her and isn't just the right gender for media hype. Hopefully she proves to be a top contender and can progress through the ranks and make it to F1, but to do so she's going to face a plethora of top talent which will help to better evaluate her abilities.

This is a bit unfair.

She has been in the news for a while and a quick Google search will show you her name plenty. Red Bull ran this last April when she was 12:

https://www.redbull.com/int-en/fastest- ... otorsports
I think that's what F1 Mercenary meant, that she actually seems to have a bit of talent rather than just being a girl that drives a bit...... :)


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SteveW wrote:
Siao7 wrote:
F1 MERCENARY wrote:
DOLOMITE wrote:
Battle Far wrote:
Imageimage source = soymotor.com

We'll have a better idea of the truth behind the hype regarding 13 year old Juju Noda (daughter of very occasional F1 driver Hideki) in 2020.

She has entered the 2020 Danish F4 championship as the minimum age requirement in Denmark is 14 (her birthday is in February). The holder of the Okayama F4 lap record (set when she was 12), her domestic Karting resume is good and she created a strong impression on WSC drivers when testing an F3 car in 2019.

She cannot get a Japanese racing license until she's 16, that's why she's coming to Europe, as the Danish F4 series uses the same chassis (Mygale) as the UK series there should be some correlation.

Link to article



Interesting, thanks for that. Can't help but think it's a bit too soon but if she's over the min age then that's all that matters. I didn't buy into the hype as such but certainly should be interesting to watch how she copes.

Nice web site too - will take a good look at that later , thanks,

Agreed DOLOMITE, but at least it seems THIS girl has something to her and isn't just the right gender for media hype. Hopefully she proves to be a top contender and can progress through the ranks and make it to F1, but to do so she's going to face a plethora of top talent which will help to better evaluate her abilities.

This is a bit unfair.

She has been in the news for a while and a quick Google search will show you her name plenty. Red Bull ran this last April when she was 12:

https://www.redbull.com/int-en/fastest- ... otorsports
I think that's what F1 Mercenary meant, that she actually seems to have a bit of talent rather than just being a girl that drives a bit...... :)


In that case I got it wrong, I read it as there is not enough hype because of her gender. While the truth is that she's been in the news for a while, even though I'll admit I wasn't aware of her before this article, then again I am not really following the feeder series.


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SteveW wrote:
Siao7 wrote:
F1 MERCENARY wrote:
DOLOMITE wrote:
Battle Far wrote:
Imageimage source = soymotor.com

We'll have a better idea of the truth behind the hype regarding 13 year old Juju Noda (daughter of very occasional F1 driver Hideki) in 2020.

She has entered the 2020 Danish F4 championship as the minimum age requirement in Denmark is 14 (her birthday is in February). The holder of the Okayama F4 lap record (set when she was 12), her domestic Karting resume is good and she created a strong impression on WSC drivers when testing an F3 car in 2019.

She cannot get a Japanese racing license until she's 16, that's why she's coming to Europe, as the Danish F4 series uses the same chassis (Mygale) as the UK series there should be some correlation.

Link to article



Interesting, thanks for that. Can't help but think it's a bit too soon but if she's over the min age then that's all that matters. I didn't buy into the hype as such but certainly should be interesting to watch how she copes.

Nice web site too - will take a good look at that later , thanks,

Agreed DOLOMITE, but at least it seems THIS girl has something to her and isn't just the right gender for media hype. Hopefully she proves to be a top contender and can progress through the ranks and make it to F1, but to do so she's going to face a plethora of top talent which will help to better evaluate her abilities.

This is a bit unfair.

She has been in the news for a while and a quick Google search will show you her name plenty. Red Bull ran this last April when she was 12:

https://www.redbull.com/int-en/fastest- ... otorsports
I think that's what F1 Mercenary meant, that she actually seems to have a bit of talent rather than just being a girl that drives a bit...... :)

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Interesting, thanks for that. Can't help but think it's a bit too soon but if she's over the min age then that's all that matters. I didn't buy into the hype as such but certainly should be interesting to watch how she copes.

Nice web site too - will take a good look at that later , thanks,

Agreed DOLOMITE, but at least it seems THIS girl has something to her and isn't just the right gender for media hype. Hopefully she proves to be a top contender and can progress through the ranks and make it to F1, but to do so she's going to face a plethora of top talent which will help to better evaluate her abilities.

This is a bit unfair.

She has been in the news for a while and a quick Google search will show you her name plenty. Red Bull ran this last April when she was 12:

https://www.redbull.com/int-en/fastest- ... otorsports
I think that's what F1 Mercenary meant, that she actually seems to have a bit of talent rather than just being a girl that drives a bit...... :)

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She has been in the news for a while and a quick Google search will show you her name plenty...



Actually there hasn't been that much. Effectively the same articles were rehashed back end of '18 but last year there was virtually nothing. I don't know if she was even racing '17-'19. Read the "facts behind the hype" article you can find easily.

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Agreed DOLOMITE,

Typical news practices… Have headlines and rehashes ready for when there is nothing special happening.
This story is much the same, and the women's series last year allows them to run these stories with some kind of relevance.

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In other news Calderon is joining Super Formula for '20. The first female driver the series has had.
Unsurprisingly her 2019 F2 results didn't seem to put her on any of teams shopping lists for this year.

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In other news Calderon is joining Super Formula for '20. The first female driver the series has had.
Unsurprisingly her 2019 F2 results didn't seem to put her on any of teams shopping lists for this year.

She's presently racing in the F3 Asian Winter series and yet again is the slowest driver in the field if we ignore the two rich amateur drivers.

There are some decent drivers in the field but I would say perhaps half are unknowns yet Calderon is still the slowest, also in the series is Chadwick, to her credit she's getting among the male drivers but still very much in the midfield.

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In other news Calderon is joining Super Formula for '20. The first female driver the series has had.
Unsurprisingly her 2019 F2 results didn't seem to put her on any of teams shopping lists for this year.

She's presently racing in the F3 Asian Winter series and yet again is the slowest driver in the field if we ignore the two rich amateur drivers.

There are some decent drivers in the field but I would say perhaps half are unknowns yet Calderon is still the slowest, also in the series is Chadwick, to her credit she's getting among the male drivers but still very much in the midfield.


Interestngly though she has a 4th place and has finished ahead of Chadwick twice... just getting that from Wiki though, I've not seen the races to know how significant that is.

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In other news Calderon is joining Super Formula for '20. The first female driver the series has had.
Unsurprisingly her 2019 F2 results didn't seem to put her on any of teams shopping lists for this year.

She's presently racing in the F3 Asian Winter series and yet again is the slowest driver in the field if we ignore the two rich amateur drivers.

There are some decent drivers in the field but I would say perhaps half are unknowns yet Calderon is still the slowest, also in the series is Chadwick, to her credit she's getting among the male drivers but still very much in the midfield.


Interestngly though she has a 4th place and has finished ahead of Chadwick twice... just getting that from Wiki though, I've not seen the races to know how significant that is.

I didn't see the first 3 races, I understand some were wet so don't know the circumstances of the races, however I did see the last 3 races and Calderon qualified consistently at the back, the tyres themselves seem to be like the Pirelli F1 tyres of 2011, made of the finest cheese which seemed to benefit Chadwick when she finished 6th with some drivers clearly having no tyres left.

The race were Calderon beat Chadwick was in the wet, Chadwick was leading until she spun, however it has to be said that Chadwick's speed in the wet was somewhat dire.

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The race were Calderon beat Chadwick was in the wet, Chadwick was leading until she spun, however it has to be said that Chadwick's speed in the wet was somewhat dire.

Serious question, not joking: Why was she leading, then? Did she make the right tyre gamble and stay out?

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The race were Calderon beat Chadwick was in the wet, Chadwick was leading until she spun, however it has to be said that Chadwick's speed in the wet was somewhat dire.

Serious question, not joking: Why was she leading, then? Did she make the right tyre gamble and stay out?


Leading the race or just leading Calderon?..

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The race were Calderon beat Chadwick was in the wet, Chadwick was leading until she spun, however it has to be said that Chadwick's speed in the wet was somewhat dire.

Serious question, not joking: Why was she leading, then? Did she make the right tyre gamble and stay out?

No just leading Calderon, she was about 4/5 seconds off the pace of the leader. :)

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The race were Calderon beat Chadwick was in the wet, Chadwick was leading until she spun, however it has to be said that Chadwick's speed in the wet was somewhat dire.

Serious question, not joking: Why was she leading, then? Did she make the right tyre gamble and stay out?

No just leading Calderon, she was about 4/5 seconds off the pace of the leader. :)

Ooohhh.

Okay, that makes sense now.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 18, 2020 9:33 pm 
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Chadwick, having secured pole position in race 8 by recording the fastest lap in race 7, led from re-start (after Calderon took out Smith further back) to finish only to be given a post race penalty for jumping the original start...

She was classified 8th after the 20 second penalty was applied.

Race 9 was won by Sebastian Fernandez


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Battle Far wrote:
Chadwick, having secured pole position in race 8 by recording the fastest lap in race 7, led from re-start (after Calderon took out Smith further back) to finish only to be given a post race penalty for jumping the original start...

She was classified 8th after the 20 second penalty was applied.

Race 9 was won by Sebastian Fernandez

It's quite impressive the way Chadwick has been able to get among the male drivers, I'm going to avoid trying to find the out the full results before I watch the races on youtube.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 20, 2020 9:38 am 
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pokerman wrote:
Battle Far wrote:
Chadwick, having secured pole position in race 8 by recording the fastest lap in race 7, led from re-start (after Calderon took out Smith further back) to finish only to be given a post race penalty for jumping the original start...

She was classified 8th after the 20 second penalty was applied.

Race 9 was won by Sebastian Fernandez

It's quite impressive the way Chadwick has been able to get among the male drivers, I'm going to avoid trying to find the out the full results before I watch the races on youtube.


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pokerman wrote:
It's quite impressive the way Chadwick has been able to get among the male drivers, I'm going to avoid trying to find the out the full results before I watch the races on youtube.
It appears that she also recorded fastest lap in race 8

How many times has Calderón, or any other woman come to that, recorded fastest lap in an F3 race?


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