Susie Wolff will finally get her chance to drive an F1 car in a formal test session when she drives in the Young Driver Test at Silverstone next week.
The 30 year old former DTM driver has been the team’s development driver, carrying out aerodynamic tests and other duties in the simulator since 2012.
It has been 20 years since a woman Giovanna Amati, last got a chance to drive an F1 car alongside the men. Wolff will be joined at the test by Daniel Juncadella and Williams race driver Pastor Maldonado, who will conduct the new specification Pirelli tyre evaluation programme for the team,
“It’s a fantastic opportunity for me, ” said Wolff. “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 asolid 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.
“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.”