Aston Martin F1 team recruits James Bond stunt driver Jessica Hawkins who says cars were wrecked for No Time To Die filming
The ASTON MARTIN F1 team has recruited James Bond stunt driver Jessica Hawkins as their Ambassador Driver.
Hawkins, who had a successful karting career as a junior and raced against Red Bull’s Alex Albon, is currently competing in the All-Women’s W Series Championship which will be on F1’s seven-race schedule in 2021.
And the 26-year-old is also a stuntman, working on a number of movies and the live shows of Fast and the Furious.
She said: “I like to send the cars sideways as much as I like to race, so whenever I get the chance I’ll do it in an Aston Martin.
“I highly anticipate the new James Bond film and can’t wait to see it. I can’t say too much about the movie, but I can say that not all cars did!
“We filmed a jump about 30 meters long. I felt like I was as high as it was long.
“As soon as I hit the jump all I could see was the gray sky and all I could think of was ‘this is going to hurt!’ but luckily no, which was good because we have done it eight times.
“In a Bond movie, everyone expects the stunts to be amazing, and that’s what I tried to deliver every time and I hope everyone enjoys them.”
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The Poole driver will work alongside the team’s driver pair of Lance Stroll and Sebastian Vettel and reserve driver Nico Hulkenberg.
She is expected to work with the team’s development and simulator roles in a similar move to fellow W Series compatriot Jamie Chadwick, who is part of the Williams F1 team.
Hawkins added: “Jamie has been with Williams for a few years and I’m taking my first steps with Aston Martin.
“If the others do the same, great. I’m a fan of women in motorsport and believe that women deserve as much breaks as men.
“If I can be a woman who helps change motorsport that would be amazing.
“In black and white the W series gave me a chance and without them I wouldn’t have raced in 2019. It really was a second chance for me.”
Hawkins was junior kart champion, raced in Formula Ford, Formula 4, the British Touring Car Championship, the Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy and the Mini Challenge UK Pro Class.
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Aston Martin team boss Otmar Szafnauer added: “We are delighted to welcome Jessica as the team’s new driver ambassador.
“She hasn’t had it easy in her racing career so far, always having to fight for records like all young drivers do, especially young women, and her determination to beat the odds is as obvious as it is admirable.
“We are sure that Jessica will work very well with everyone on our team, in a variety of disciplines, both at the Grands Prix and among themselves, as well as with our many partners.”