Lewis Hamilton’s brother, Nicolas, to make racing return

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The younger brother of three-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton is to return to professional racing next weekend.

Nicolas Hamilton, 25, suffers from Cerebral Palsy, but managed to make his bow in racing back in 2011 when he entered the UK Renault Clio Cup Series.

Hamilton remained in the series for 2012, making 32 starts across the course of the two season while racing in a car with a modified cockpit.

Hamilton moved up one rung on the UK national motorsport ladder in 2015 when he secured a guest invite to race in the British Touring Car Championship, appearing in 12 races for the AmD Tuning team in an Audi S3.

Having made his last racing appearance in the BTCC at Silverstone in 2015, Hamilton announced on Wednesday that he would be returning to racing next weekend, re-joining the Clio Cup grid from its Oulton Park round for the remainder of the season.

“I’m looking for a way to continue developing my race craft in a championship I know is very, very competitive,” Hamilton said.

“The UK Clio Cup is just that and it gives me the right environment to prepare for a return perhaps to touring cars.

“The budgets are also sensible – contrary to popular belief I have to make this happen myself. It isn’t gifted to me on a plate and it’s why I’ve not raced since 2015 – I’ve been busy putting together the funding!

“Being a Hamilton has its pros but also its cons. It can help with networking but it can also mean people are quick to judge and the expectations can too be high. I am doing this for myself.”

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.