Susie Wolff, Williams FW33, Silverstone, 2012

Susie Wolff to be first to drive Williams FW35

2013 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Susie Wolff, Williams FW33, Silverstone, 2012Williams have confirmed development driver Susie Wolff will be the first to drive their new car in February.

Wolff will drive the FW35 at a test day at Idiada in Spain. The team said Wolff’s programme will be expanded in 2013 and see her conduct “the majority of aerodynamic testing this season” and more simulator work.

Technical director Mike Coughlan said: “Susie has proved herself to be a valuable addition to our driver roster and her feedback during simulator sessions is second to none.

“As a result we will be stepping up her role this year and I?m looking forward to the progress we can make with Susie?s input in conjunction with that of Pastor [Maldonado] and Valtteri [Bottas].”

“Last year was a valuable experience and I certainly feel that I?ve developed a lot as a driver,” said Wolff.

“Increasing my role this year will further this progression and I can?t wait to get behind the wheel of the FW35 for the first time next month.

“I?m showing that women can play a role at the top level of motorsport and would like to thank Sir Frank Williams and the whole of the technical team for the trust they continue to show in me.”

Wolff is the partner of former Williams executive director Toto Wolff, who left the team to join Mercedes last week.

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