SUSIE WOLFF

F1 Racing - - IN­SIDER -

Af­ter Hockenheim suc­cess, Wil­liams tester Susie Wolff is likely to take part in fur­ther race week­ends this sea­son

Susie Wolff’s im­pres­sive per­for­mance in prac­tice at the Ger­man GP has raised the prospect of her be­ing given an­other out­ing be­fore the end of the year. She was due to get two runs in prac­tice ses­sions this sea­son, at the Bri­tish and Ger­man GPs, but at Sil­ver­stone she man­aged only four laps be­fore suf­fer­ing an en­gine fail­ure.

In Ger­many, though, de­spite a brief scare when the car be­came stuck in gear on her in­stal­la­tion lap, the 31-year-old com­pleted a full pro­gramme, lap­ping just 0.227 sec­onds slower than Wil­liams team­mate Felipe Massa.

The two cars were not of com­pa­ra­ble spec, since the driv­ers were com­par­ing dif­fer­ent aero­dy­namic parts, but Wolff’s per­for­mance raised her stock within the team. If she gets an­other chance, it will most likely be at the sea­son nale in Abu Dhabi. But Wil­liams must jug­gle their obli­ga­tions to re­serve driver Felipe Nasr, to whom they have com­mit­ted to give more out­ings, as well as race driv­ers Felipe Massa and Valt­teri Bot­tas. Wolff said: “As soon as you come into the pit­lane and nish the ses­sion, the next ques­tion is, ‘Okay, well, when do you get back in the car?’ That’s one of the tough­est things in F1 – get­ting more op­por­tu­ni­ties. But the team were happy with my per­for­mance. So that was an im­por­tant step in the right di­rec­tion and now I have to see what else is pos­si­ble. It will be dif­fi­cult to get any more time in the car, but that’s next on my to-do list.”

Wolff con­tin­ues to state that her am­bi­tion is “to do a For­mula 1 race – I’m not even say­ing a sea­son, be­cause I’m re­al­is­tic. I know how tough it is to get my­self into a race seat.”

But she in­sists she has now done enough to make her be­lieve that this is a re­al­is­tic am­bi­tion and that she could do a de­cent job if she got the chance.

“Ac­tions speak louder than words,” she said. “I’m of­ten asked: am I good enough? Are women good enough? Are they strong enough? I wanted to show that they are. When the hel­met’s on I’m no dif­fer­ent from any­one else. I had to show that and I missed my chance at Sil­ver­stone, so it was so im­por­tant for me to do the per­for­mance and let the rest take care of it­self. I feel ready but it is a tough en­vi­ron­ment and get­ting the chance is not go­ing to be easy.”

Wolff ad­mits, though, that at the age of 31, time is not on her side And she may well be beaten to the record of be­ing the rst woman to race in F1 since Lella Lom­bardi at the 1976 Aus­trian GP. Sauber are putting a lot of ef­fort into pre­par­ing for­mer Indy­Car racer Si­mona De Sil­ve­stro for a po­ten­tial drive next sea­son

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