Susie Wolff says she doesn't care about expectations outside of Williams after completing her first day of testing the 2014 car in Barcelona.
Taking over from Felipe Massa, Wolff completed 55 laps and set the fifth fastest time of the second day at the Circuit de Catalunya as she prepares for free practice drives at the British and German grands prix. With her headline lap time putting her ahead of Sebastian Vettel on the timing screens, Wolff said she wasn't focused on where she stacked up against other drivers but only on performing for Williams.
“I don't really worry too much what people expect because I realise there are some that expect me to be way off and some that expect that I can do a good job like the guys in my team,” Wolff said. “For me it was just about doing a good job for the team today, I didn't even look at the timesheets once today as I had my own personal targets set from the team.
“They had their expectations of what I should achieve on each tyre set so that was really my goal. So, great, of course it's nice not to be at the end, but as we know this is Formula One and it's more about getting the best performance out of me than comparing myself to the others just yet.”
And Wolff admitted Wednesday had been a tough day of learning for her but was pleased to make progress as the day went on.
“I had a programme to run through, it was a bit of a difficult start to the day; it's a different car to drive than last year. You've got to think a lot more about certain elements out on track to get the best out of the car, so it was a steep learning curve today.
“I think the afternoon ran much better. The team did a really good job of preparing me for today and getting me through the day, and we got the most out of the day which was the most important thing because I need to be ready for those free practice sessions.”
Having had a spin early in the day, Wolff explained it was just a case of her still getting used to the new style of driving required for the car.
“That was the torque! It was only my second lap and I was shifting from third to fourth, the rear right was on the kerb, I shifted up and lost the rear. It was pretty unspectacular but a tough lesson learned.”