Williams F1 Team Development Driver Susie Wolff put the Williams FW33 through its paces today at a special Williams F1 Partner event at the Silverstone circuit. Susie completed two 50km runs around Silverstone’s International Circuit, the first on the full wet tyre in damp conditions and the second on the dry tyre.
Up to now Susie’s role as Development Driver has seen her work in the team’s simulator, but today was her first chance to get behind the wheel of a Williams F1 car at a track.
Susie joined Williams F1 in April 2012, becoming one of only a handful of women who have managed to breakthrough into Formula One. Alongside her role at Williams F1 Susie also races in DTM where she is now in her seventh season of competition.
Speaking about today’s run, Susie said; ‘’It was incredible to experience a Formula One car for the first time. I’ve done a lot of simulator work since I joined the team but nothing compares to the exhilaration of driving the real thing. The conditions were a little tricky as it was quite damp at the beginning of the run but the track soon dried out. The team also did a fantastic job preparing me for today, giving me all the information I needed so that I was always in control.’’