Wolff to drive in FP1 at Bri­tish and Ger­man GPs

F1 Racing - - INSIDER -

The Wil­liams de­vel­op­ment driver will be­come the first woman to par­tic­i­pate in a GP weekend since Gio­vanna Amati in 1992

Susie Wolff will be­come the first woman to take part in a GP weekend in 22 years, when she drives a Wil­liams in first prac­tice at Sil­ver­stone.

The 31-year-old Wil­liams de­vel­op­ment driver, who will also drive in a prac­tice ses­sion at Hock­en­heim, pre­pared for the run with a day’s test­ing af­ter the Span­ish GP on the Cir­cuit de Catalunya. Her progress there was im­pres­sive; she com­pleted 50 laps, set the fifth fastest time of the day and beat the tar­get time Wil­liams set for her by 0.3 sec­onds. Her one er­rant mo­ment came with a spin through the kink at Turn 11. She said she was shift­ing up from third to fourth and was caught out by the enor­mous torque de­liv­ered by the new gen­er­a­tion of cars. She added that the new cars were very dif­fer­ent from the 2013 car she had last driven at the Sil­ver­stone young driver test last July.

Wolff is real­is­tic about her prospects of ever rac­ing in F1, even if she im­presses in prac­tice at Sil­ver­stone and Hock­en­heim, in­sist­ing that she is “not look­ing too far ahead”.

Wolff set the fifth fastest time at test­ing in Barcelona in ad­vance of her prac­tice out­ings

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