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Rose amongst thorns at Silverstone

16 July 2013, 10:51

England - Susie Wolff will get to test her mettle alongside some of Formula 1's regular racers as Williams included her in the test line-up for Silverstone in July.

The wife of Mercedes motorsport head and Williams shareholder Toto, will be driving the FW35 car on July 19 in a young driver test that has been thrown open to race regulars as well to allow Pirelli to test tyres after controversial recent blowouts.

Wolff said: "It's a fantastic opportunity for me, so now it is up to me to prepare myself the best that I can for the day.

"It's going to be a big challenge but the most important thing is to do a solid and consistent job and to give good feedback to the team to be able to prove I am at the level to compete on a day such as this."


Wolff  (30) is the only female currently carrying out such a role and has already driven a 2011 Williams for a demonstration run at Silverstone. She was also the first to drive the 2013 car when she carried out an aerodynamic test at the Idiada facility in Spain in February.

Wolf said: "Most of my work is based in the simulator which is why this day is so important for me. It will give me a better understanding of what the car is like on track and how that correlates to the simulator which will also help further develop the work I can do there."

F1 has not had a woman driver competing in races for decades, with Giovanna Amati the last to try and get on the grid when she failed to qualify in 1992.

By taking part in a regular test using current cars and sharing track time with other drivers, including regular racers such as 2007 World champion Kimi Raikkonen, Wolff has advanced further along the F1 ladder than any other female in recent times.

Technical director Mike Coughlan said: "It is great that we are able to give Susie the opportunity to have a full day behind the wheel of the FW35 following all the hard work and dedication she has put in both supporting us at the track and in the simulator."

Williams, the second most successful team in terms of constructors' titles, have yet to score a point in nine races during the 2013 season - their worst start ever to a campaign.

Spanish youngster Daniel Juncadella will be in the car on July 16 while regular race driver Pastor Maldonado will carry out tyre testing for Pirelli on July 17. 

- Reuters

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