Susie Wolff had her first run in a Williams F1 car during an event for the team’s sponsors at Silverstone today.
Wolff, who became a development driver for Williams in April, did to 50km runs in the team’s 2011 car, the FW33.
“It was incredible to experience a Formula One car for the first time,” said Wolff. “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.”
During the event Williams race and test drivers Pastor Maldonado, Bruno Senna and Valtteri Bottas drove two of the team’s earlier F1 cars.
They included a 1982 FW08, of the type used by Keke Rosberg to win the drivers’ championship that year, and an FW18, which Damon Hill won the 1996 drivers’ championship with, and which also claimed the constructors’ championship for the team.
Susie Wolff’s F1 debut and Williams event images
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