F1 | Exclusive interview with Jessica Hawkins: "Aston Martin and W Series a big driving force" for giving women opportunities in Motorsport
In Part 2, we talk with Hawkins about her work with Aston Martin and how things changed for women since she started her Motorsport journey.
This is the second part of MotorLat’s exclusive interview with racing driver, Aston Martin Ambassador and stuntman, Jessica Hawkins. If you missed the first part, click the following link: https://www.motorlat.com/notas/otros/28215/f1-exclusive-interview-with-aston-martin-driver-ambassador-jessica-hawkins-vettel-s-support-for-the-lgbtq-community-powerful-the-team-was-extremely-sad-to-see-him-retire
Jessica Hawkins joined Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant F1 Team in May 2021, to fulfill her role as the team’s Ambassador.
We asked her how it has been working with the team during these two years, and she responded enthusiastically, anticipating her intention to continue the collaboration with the British team, even before we asked her. Her role has changed over time, starting from a media point of view up to an important asset thanks to her track and simulator work.
“It's been amazing, first off. This is obviously coming towards the end of my second year with them.
"Since I first joined from a heavy kind of media and sponsor appearances, it [the role] has very quickly grown. It's a grown a lot since I first started.
"I am doing a lot of the hot laps and even some simulator work. That's been fantastic really - it's been a massive step since joining. Long may it continue.”
We then asked her if it was in her plans to continue the partnership with the team.
“That's the plan - for as long as I can!”
The conversation then moved to the role of F1 teams as promoters of women's participation in Motorsport and the possibilities created by them to help women gain more opportunities.
After being asked if more teams should be helping women spread their voices and give more opportunities, she let us sneak into what was her entry in the world of Motorsport as a women and how it has changed over the years.
“If I am honest, we have moved a lot. Probably since W Series came around and gave that huge visibility for women in Motorsport.
"I think things have changed a lot since I first started. When I first started I really don't think there was many opportunities at all for Females in Motorsport. We have come a long way.
"I think Aston Martin and W Series have been a big driving force for that. We're heading in the right direction, and things will pop up along the way.”
We have come a long way in the past few years, and the conversation with Hawkins has been further proof of it. Full of hope for the time ahead, for women in Motorsport, open to every opportunity and, at the same time, determined and consistent in her work to be worthy of a place in F1 in the future, Jessica Hawkins is a force of nature to be reckoned with. We shall see what the future holds for her.