Susie Wolff gets Young Driver Test run
The Williams F1 Team has confirmed their line-up for the up-coming Silverstone Young Driver Test. The Grove based squad will give development driver Susie Wolff a full day in the car and will also run Daniel Juncadella and Pastor Maldonado.
Wolff last raced in the DTM championship and had her first run in a Formula 1 car last October in the FW33. She was the first to test their 2013 car at Idiada in February and has been on their development driver since April 2012. She will drive the car on Friday and said in a statement “It’s a fantastic opportunity for me, so now it is up to me to prepare myself the best that I can for the day. It’s going to be a big challenge but the most important thing is to do a solid and consistent job and to give good feedback to the team to be able to prove I am at the level to compete on a day such as this.”
The run will also help the Scot with her simulation work and aiding correlation of the on-track developments in the simulator.
Daniel Juncadella is currently racing in DTM for Mücke Motorsport and has a strong history in single seaters. He was runner-up in the 2009 Formula BMW Europe series, won the 2011 Macau Grand Prix and became the Formula 3 Euro Series champion in 2012. Speaking on the opportunity he said: “It’s a great chance for me and I hope I can help the team next week. It’s an important test for any young driver as there aren’t many opportunities to drive a Formula one car.”
He revealed that he first drove a Formula 1 car as a prize for winning the Formula 3 Euro Series but it was a 2009-spec machine and so he sees this “as being the real deal, having the chance to drive a current car in a full test. I’ve spent a couple of days at the factory getting to know the team and I felt at home. Looking at the history of the team is also amazing and so to get this chance with Williams, a team so many great drivers have raced for, makes it even more special.”
The Spaniard will drive for the team on Wednesday, opening up their running.
Pastor Maldonado will drive the car on Thursday and complete vital work on Pirelli’s new tyre compounds ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix.
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