Wolff to get two FP1 sessions in 2014 as Williams extends her contract

Susie Wolff

Susie Wolff

Williams is pleased to confirm that Susie Wolff will be continuing as the team’s Development Driver for 2014 in an expanded role that will see her take to the wheel of the Williams Mercedes FW36 in two FP1 sessions this season.

Susie joined Williams in April 2012 and has played a valuable role in helping to develop the FW34, FW35, and the new Williams Mercedes FW36. In 2014 Susie will continue to work in the Williams simulator to help further develop the FW36.

Driving for Williams in two FP1 sessions this season will see Susie become the first female driver to compete in a Formula 1 Grand Prix session in over two decades, and builds on her promising performance for Williams in last year’s Young Drivers Test in Silverstone.

Prior to joining Williams Susie spent seven seasons driving in DTM, and was twice nominated for the prestigious BRDC Young Driver of the Year Award.

Susie Wolff testing for Williams last year

Susie Wolff testing for Williams last year

Speaking about Susie’s continued role with the team, Pat Symonds, Chief Technical Officer, said: “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.”

Speaking about her continuation with the team Susie added; ”I’m grateful for the support and belief Williams continues to show in me and 2014 promises to be a very important milestone in my career. 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.”

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  • Spartacus

    How many FP1 left for the actual race drivers (who need them the most)?

    So far this year (testing), Williams are looking better than they were in 2013 but with the team giving away FP1 slots to their pay (reserve) drivers like that, I hope it won’t have a detremental effect on the end result!

  • TheDudeson

    No serious team with title contending aspirations can afford to have their regular drivers sacrifice FP1 or any session for that matter – wonder what Massa and Bottas think about this, because Nasr is also supposed to be getting F1 time

  • Hugo Lafreniere

    I’d be wary of her forking secrets over to Mercedes AMG

  • karlich

    How about congratulations to Susie Wolff – the sport needs women like her, Monisha Kaltenborn, Maria de Villota (R.I.P.) and others. If she’s been promised FP1 slots, I am certain she deserved them and her taking the run from Massa or Bottas will have its good reasons!

  • =El Presidente=

    Hahaha, well that’s a good thing.. let her show the world how much she fails, and the sport will be cured from woman again for a couple of years..

    every now and then attention is given to some woman driver, but this one is really nowhere near any representable racepace, even in DTM she is mediocre.. at her best days.

  • =El Presidente=

    well for Nasr you can argue, for this girl is no valid argument to put her in the seat except for her last name of course.

    As far as i read it, Nasr will be getting 5 FP1’s, but Nasr will at least provide useful feedback. Considering her slate of achievements… well.. ‘nuf said.

  • McLarenfan

    I for one back you on this Susie has worked hard her time in this car she has done hours and hours in the simulator testing setup new configurations and effect’s of new parts for the team for them to bolt the parts on and crashtor to destroy the prototype by the time he had got out of the garage.
    She also has done pr work for the team and never puts the team or crashtor down.