Magnussen ends Renault’s points drought with P10 after ‘perfect’ race

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Kevin Magnussen ended Renault’s Formula 1 points drought dating back to May’s Russian Grand Prix after enjoying a “perfect” race en route to 10th place in Singapore.

Magnussen started 15th on the grid at Marina Bay, but capitalized on a crash at the start to move into the top 10.

From there, the Dane found himself battling with Carlos Sainz Jr. and Esteban Gutierrez for the final point on offer in Singapore, eventually finishing as the last driver on the lead lap.

The point for P10 takes Magnussen and Renault’s haul for the season up to seven points, having scored the other six in Russia on May 1.

“I’m very happy for the whole team as this must be a boost for all of us,” Magnussen said.

“It’s been a very demanding season as we all want to score points at every race, but that’s not been possible.

“Nevertheless we all keep fighting and a result like today shows why we fight and why we never give up.

“The team nailed it with the strategy, with the start and with the balance of the car.

“To drive a race like this and not to win it, it feels strange because for me it felt perfect.”

Magnussen’s teammate Jolyon Palmer finished down in 15th place, but put took heart from the Dane’s charge into the points.

“That was a tough race and we didn’t have any breaks come our way,” Palmer said.

“I lost out with the shenanigans at the start and probably collected some debris as I had an early slow puncture too.

“We pitted pretty early and this meant we had to run for longer subsequent stints which meant nursing the tires more than if we’d run the more balanced stint length planned.

“I lost a lot of time behind the Manors but it wasn’t possible to pass them on this track.

“The positive from today is we’ve seen that there’s still scope to get points if everything goes your way. That’s what I’m gunning for in Sepang.”

Three-time W Series champ Jamie Chadwick joining Andretti in Indy NXT Series for 2023

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Jamie Chadwick, the three-time W Series champion, will drive for Andretti Autosport in the Indy NXT Series next season.

Chadwick will make her debut in an American racing series in March, driving the No. 28 for Andretti Autosport with sponsorship from DHL. The 24-year-old will become the first female driver in 13 years to compete full time in the Indy NXT championship.

Chadwick joined the female free-to-enter W Series in its inaugural 2019 season, winning two races and the first of three consecutive championships. She has been a reserve driver for the Williams Formula One team and will continue in that role in 2023. She also has driven in the Extreme E Series.

Despite her success, Chadwick hasn’t landed a bigger ride in F3 or F2, and her break didn’t come until Michael Andretti contacted her and offered a test in an Indy NXT car.

The final three races of this year’s W Series schedule were canceled when funding fell through, but Chadwick still believes the all-female series was the right path for her.

“W Series has always been and will continue to be an opportunity to be racing for every female driver, so for my side, I looked at it while perhaps I would have liked to step up maybe earlier, at the same time being able to have that chance to race, get that experience, have that development, seat time… I was constantly learning,” Chadwick told The Associated Press.

“In that sense, I wasn’t frustrated at all. But on the flip side of it, now I’ve had that experience testing in the United States in Indy NXT and this is something I’m really excited about.”

Chadwick also is expected to have an enhanced role as a development driver next season with Williams, which chose American driver Logan Sargeant to fill its open seat on next year’s F1 grid.

“Andretti Autosport is proud to be supporting Jamie alongside DHL,” said Michael Andretti. “Jamie’s successful career speaks for itself, but Indy NXT gives Jamie the opportunity to continue her development in a new type of racing.

“We’ve turned out five Indy NXT champions over the years and look forward to continuing our role in developing new talent.”

Indy NXT is the new name of the rebranded Indy Lights Series, the final step on the ladder system before IndyCar.

Andretti will field two drivers next season in IndyCar that were developed in Indy NXT: Kyle Kirkwood, the 2021 champion, will return to Andretti after one season in IndyCar driving for A.J. Foyt Racing, and Devlin DeFrancesco is back for a second season.

Chadwick will be teammates in Indy NXT with Hunter McElrea and Louis Foster. She becomes Andretti’s second full-time female driver alongside Catie Munnings, who competes for Andretti United in the Extreme E Series.