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F1 British Grand Prix: Wolff admits FP1 problem ‘massively disappointing’

Susie Wolff admits appearance in first practice for the British Grand Prix was “massively disappointing” after she stopped on track 21 minutes in to her FP1 debut
Susie Wolff admits appearance in first practice for the British Grand Prix was “massively disappointing” after she stopped on track 21 minutes in to her FP1 debut.

Having completed just four laps, Wolff coasted to a halt at the final corner with a lack of oil pressure and was unable to return to the track. Following all the preparation for her debut run, Wolff was deflated to have seen it curtailed so early but philosophical about being hit by reliability issues.

“It's massively disappointing,” Wolff said. “On the one side it was such a good build-up to this weekend; obviously I'd done so much hard work and so much preparation to get ready for today and I knew exactly what I had to do on every lap out there. It felt good, even the out lap. I had done the Young Driver Test here last year so I had a good feeling anyway of this track in an F1 car and I love this track. I love the fast, flowing nature of it.

“My initial feeling was just really good. The first run was just about building up slowly. The wind was quite strong out there so I was told just to take it easy and build up lap-by-lap and I had two runs to go for it a little bit more. But that's racing and I've known from over the years that it can be massive ups and then massive downs.”

However, Wolff said she would be able to move on quickly from the disappointment of Silverstone with the knowledge she will drive in FP1 in Germany as well.

“Obviously it's very, very disappointing but I've still got Hockenheim and for me I've got to go out in Hockenheim and show what I can do because I didn't get the chance to do that today. As much as that is disappointing, on the positive side I have still got one more shot at it. So, head up high and look towards Hockenheim now.”

On the issue which stopped her, Wolff said Bottas will be running a new power unit in FP2 as a result.

“It's a terminal problem. The engine was pretty close to the end of its life so it will be changed over and another engine will go in for Valtteri.”




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