Sport can be cruel at times. Susie Wolff’s historic run in Free Practice this morning, the first for a woman driver in an official F1 session for 22 years, ended after just four laps when an oil pressure stopped the Williams out on track.
Wolff has taken part in several test sessions, but this was the first of two opportunities to drive in Official Practice, the second will come at Hockenheim. She was driving Valtteri Bottas’ car. With a red flag stoppage for team mate Felipe Massa’s heavy accident in FP1, the team had the chance to get the car back and work on it in time for FP2.
Although it is early days and there is no word from the team about what the fall-out will be from this session, no doubt the team will aim to give her another chance to make up for this truncated opportunity.
“Going out onto the track was the best feeling because although there has been a lot of media in the run up to this day,” said Wolff. “When you put the helmet on it’s just you and the car, as soon as I left the pit lane everything felt good and I knew what I had to do.
“The team had done a fantastic job of preparing me.
“Unfortunately it turned out to be a short run, but that’s life. Now I can work towards Hockeheim and I know what I have to do there.
“It’s really tough day but that’s F1 sometimes. We had an oil pressure problem that stopped the car.”
Mercedes Nico Rosberg was quickest in first practice, 0.731s ahead of team-mate Lewis Hamilton.