Susie Wolff: An important step forward

Susie Wolff during FP1 at Hockenheim

Susie Wolff during FP1 at Hockenheim

Two weeks ago at Silverstone Susie Wolff’s Formula 1 debut in FP1 for the British Grand Prix ended in disappointment as she had to park her Williams with a mere four laps on the chart, but in her second run at Hockenheim on the opening day of the German Grand Prix weekend she managed 22 laps and ended the session less than a quarter of a second down on veteran teammate Felipe Massa.

Aferwards Wolff told reporters, “It would be lovely to get back in the car for FP2, and to then start the whole race weekend,. But as we know it’s tough to get into that position, and for me it’s one step at a time. Today was an important step forward, it was a successful Free Practice one session, so now the aim is the next step, and as we all know that’s pretty tough.

“Regarding the women in motorsport side, I think if me being out there today was inspirational to just more than a couple of women or girls watching then I think it is a step in the right direction. But I’ve always said I wouldn’t be doing this if I didn’t think it was possible so for me it was just the next natural step on my Formula One journey.”

Susie Wolff mission accomplished at Silverstone

Susie Wolff mission accomplished at Silverstone

The session was not all plain sailing as Wolff explained, “I had a little bit of a worry at the beginning to get back to the pits because of a problem, but as soon as they said ‘OK, we can fix it, I thought: oh, thank goodness”.

“After that it was a case of going for it. On the first run it was about building up pace, on the second it was again new tyres, and the third was about aerodynamic work. It all felt fantastic, the team did such a good job in getting me ready for today, and it felt so good to be out there, to be pushing and to finally be doing a proper session.”

The only glitch on an otherwise impressive morning for Wolff was €2,000 fines she picked up for speeding in the pitlane.

“I’ve just come out of the debrief and the team were happy. The only small downside is I’ve picked up two pitlane speeding fines so quite an expensive morning! But apart from that I’m happy with how the morning went,” concluded Wolff. (GP247)