Wolff to drive in two first practice sessions for Williams in 2014

Wolff to drive in two first practice sessions for Williams in 2014

The Williams F1 Team has confirmed that Susie Wolff will retain her role as development driver for the 2014 season and will make her driving debut on a race weekend.0815LW1D3902

Wolff will complete two first practice sessions at the wheel of the new Mercedes-powered FW36 this season. This means she will become the first female in over two decades to drive in a Formula One Grand Prix session.

She joined Williams in 2012 and has helped to develop the FW34, FW35 as well as its 2014 machine. Alongside her two first practice outings, she will continue to complete simulator work for the Grove-based outfit.

It follows her promising performance at last year’s young driver test, which took place at the Silverstone circuit. “I’m grateful for the support and belief Williams continue to show in me and 2014 promises to be a very important milestone in my career,” she said on the news.

“My responsibilities within the team have steadily increased as I have proved myself, culminating in the opportunity to test the car at Silverstone and conduct straight line aero tests last season.

“Competing in two FP1 sessions, alongside an additional full test day this season will be a big step and I am looking forward to the opportunity to get behind the wheel of the FW36 on a Grand Prix weekend. It’s a challenge that I will relish and it will be a great chance for me to continue assisting the team.”

Pat Symonds, chief technical officer at the team, added: “Susie has become a valued member of our driver line up and 2014 will see her take on more responsibilities as we seek to make a strong step forward in performance. Susie has demonstrated a natural talent for developing a car and providing strong feedback and these sort of characteristics will be key this season as teams seek to quickly understand and refine the radically overhauled 2014 cars.”

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Jack Leslie

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