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I would not say that, unlike the article, taking part in Friday practice is competing (since you cannot qualify for anything on Fridays), but nevertheless quite an achievement to get to F1. I wonder when we will see a female properly competing at the highest level.

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Wolff to make Friday practice appearances for Williams 24 Feb 2014


Williams’ Susie Wolff will become the first female driver in over two decades to compete in an official Grand Prix session later this year, when she takes part in two opening Friday practices for the team.

The practice outings are part of an expanded role for Wolff, as she continues as Williams’ development driver for the 2014 season, and follow her impressive performance in last year’s young drivers test at Silverstone.

"I'm grateful for the support and belief Williams continue to show in me and 2014 promises to be a very important milestone in my career,” said the 31-year-old Scot. “My responsibilities within the team have steadily increased as I have proved myself, culminating in the opportunity to test the car at Silverstone and conduct straight line aero tests last season.

“Competing in two FP1 sessions, alongside an additional full test day this season will be a big step and I am looking forward to the opportunity to get behind the wheel of the FW36 on a Grand Prix weekend. It's a challenge that I will relish and it will be a great chance for me to continue assisting the team."

Wolff joined Williams in April 2012 and played a valuable part in helping to develop the FW34, FW35, and the new Williams FW36. This year she will continue to work in the British team’s simulator to help further develop the FW36.

"Susie has become a valued member of our driver line up and 2014 will see her take on more responsibilities as we seek to make a strong step forward in performance,” commented Pat Symonds, Williams’ chief technical officer. “Susie has demonstrated a natural talent for developing a car and providing strong feedback and these sort of characteristics will be key this season as teams seek to quickly understand and refine the radically overhauled 2014 cars."

Prior to joining Williams Wolff spent seven seasons driving in Germany’s DTM series, and was twice nominated for the prestigious BRDC Young Driver of the Year Award.

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Good for her!
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I can see how a petite woman with a mountain climber's lean physics can be a perfect driver for F1 and also Moto GP. Every kilo counts a lot. But you will of course need talent, endurance and a great racing spirit.

I hope she does well.

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...., and follow her impressive performance in last year’s young drivers test at Silverstone.

...... said the 31-year-old.
31 is young for a race driver??????
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Yes, best wishes. With that being said, dont you have to be winning championships in the GP 2 series, or any other for that matter, to possibly compete in F1 ? Or is she just getting upped because she is a girl ? Being part of an F1 machines development is one thing, racing it and winning is another.
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Or is she just getting upped because she is a girl ?
I am sure that the fact that her husband owns 16% of Williams is entirely coincidental.

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entirely coincidental...that's why his acquired 30% of Mercedes Grand Prix, F1 team, and expected take over of all Mercedes-Benz motorsport activity coordination will have no effect on her migrating to MB.

coincidental.

look out when he starts buying shares of Ferrari. But this is not NASCAR and being just a token driver has no place.

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31 is young for a race driver??????
Yes, I noted that as well. She competed at lower levels with Lewis Hamilton, who is 2 years younger. Meanwhile he has been in F1 for 7 seasons now.... So she is at least 10 years behind him, given the fact that she doesn't have a seat this year. Not what I would call young. There are very few racing drivers that can expect to have a seat after 35, so she needs to hurry up.


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I wish her luck, but her clock is ticking. If she were ten years younger she would have a better chance in my opinion.

Good post, I had missed this news. Thanks
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A short female with moderately high blood pressure for g tolerance theoretically makes the perfect fighter pilot. Might work for F1 cars, too.

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A short female with moderately high blood pressure for g tolerance theoretically makes the perfect fighter pilot. Might work for F1 cars, too.
A female fighter pilot mastering that G-force squeezing method must be a bliss for a man...

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A female fighter pilot mastering that G-force squeezing method must be a bliss for a man...
Capo, You have the most fascinating of minds
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Capo, You have the most fascinating of minds
Thank you, it's a gift!

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Capo- Sounds like you and I would have a great time pub hopping.

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Capo- Sounds like you and I would have a great time pub hopping.
Bring it on!

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