Wolff handed two FP1 sessions

Monday 24-February-2014 10:09

This season Susie Wolff will expand her programme as Williams' development driver to include two FP1 sessions.

Wolff, who joined Williams in 2012, will continue with the team this season as she assists in the development of the FW36.

And although her role will be similar to last season's there is one major difference in that she will become the first female driver to compete in a grand prix session in over two decades. The 31-year-old will contest two Friday first practices.

"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," she said.

"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."

Pat Symonds, Chief Technical Officer, hailed Wolff's contribution to the team.

"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," he said.

"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."

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