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Williams F1 gives Susie Wolff Silverstone outing

The Williams F1 team honoured its promise to give development driver Susie Wolff a run in one of its cars, by fielding her alongside race regulars Bruno Senna and Pastor Maldonado in a sponsor event at Silverstone.

Williams development driver Susie Wolff finally got the chance to get behind the wheel of one of her employer's F1 cars when she put an FW33 through its paces at a special partner event at Silverstone on Wednesday [17 October].

The Scot completed two 50km runs around Silverstone's International Circuit, the first on the full wet tyre in damp conditions and the second on the dry tyre. Up to now, her role as development driver has seen her work in the team's simulator, so the outing was a rare opportunity to sample 'the real thing' at a track.

Wolff joined Williams F1 in April 2012, becoming one of only a handful of women who have managed to breakthrough into F1, combining her role at Grove with a seventh season in the DTM.

"It was incredible to experience an F1 car for the first time," she admitted, "I've done a lot of simulator work since I joined the team, but nothing compares to the exhilaration of driving the real thing.

"The conditions were a little tricky as it was quite damp at the beginning of the run, but the track soon dried out. The team also did a fantastic job preparing me for today, giving me all the information I needed so that I was always in control."

The Scot, who is married to Williams CEO Toto Wolff, is the first female driver to get behind the wheel of an F1 car since former DTM sparring partner Katherine Legge tested for Minardi in 2005. Maria de Villota - whose recovery from injury Wolff marked during her run - was due to run straight-line tests on an airfield runway when she suffered her fateful accident earlier this year.



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richard

October 17, 2012 7:22 PM

keeper. the operative word is "competitive". i am all for having a female in f1, but susie is not that woman. she is the wife of one of the owners, and that is the only reason she is getting a run in a williams. have you seen her in dtm, in her pink merc? she trundles around at the back.

pc - Unregistered

October 17, 2012 9:05 PM

When her appointment was first announced a while back ,I deliberately went out my way to check out some of her races to give myself real facts with which to form my opinion. You Richard, are absolutely bang on the nail with your post - it was absolutely cringeworthy embarrassing to watch. Personally I think this sort of contrived Politically Correct crowbarring of a female into a situation purely on her gender is very damaging to all other females attempting to do it on merit alone -and I think they should be publically decrying it too ,as it unfortunately smears them with the same Positive Discrimination odour as well



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