“I have to prove myself” – Wolff
Williams Development Driver Susie Wolff insists that she still has a lot to prove ahead of her F1 practice debut later this season, following her first outing for the team in 2014 at the post-Spanish Grand Prix test.
Wolff had her first taste of the 2014 Williams – the FW36 – on Wednesday, completing 55 laps on the way to fifth fastest overall, with a best time of 1:27.280.
The Scottish racer is expected to make her official Formula One debut during free practice at the British Grand Prix in July, becoming the first woman to take part in a F1 session since Giovanna Amati in 1992.
“It was a difficult start to the day with a different car to drive, you have to think a lot more about certain elements to get the best out on track,” she said. “It’s a learning curve, the team did a really good job getting me through the day and we got the most from the day which is important as I need to be ready for these free practice sessions.
“I have an opportunity this year and I have to prove myself. Today was good, but the free practice sessions are my next focus.
“It’s the dream of any driver to be on the driving grid but it’s tough to get onto the grid and I’m trying, but I’m one of those trying.”
Wolff, who lost time after a spin in the morning session, insists that her focus is simply on delivering what is required for her Williams team, rather than pleasing other people.
“I don’t really worry what people expect as there’s some that expect me to be way off,” she said. “For me it’s about doing a good job for the team – I didn’t even look at the lap times.
“The team had their own expectations of what I should achieve on each tyre set and that was my goal.
“Of course it’s nice not to be at the end but this is Formula 1 and it’s about getting the best performance out of me rather than comparing to the others.”
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Dan Paddock is an FIA accredited freelance motorsport and Formula 1 journalist and the Grand Prix Editor of Richland F1. Dan joined the site in July 2013 as a Staff Writer, fresh off the back of completing a master’s degree in journalism. Following a promotion, Dan has since gone on to represent Richland F1 at four grands prix. Aside from Richland F1, Dan also writes for Rumble Strip News, as well as maintaining his own modest blog.