Wolff pleased with practice performance

By on Friday, July 18, 2014
Williams Martini Racing

Williams Martini Racing

Williams development driver Susie Wolff says she is pleased with her performance after participating in Friday's opening practice session for the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim.

Wolff ended the session 15th quickest of the 22 drivers but, like during her practice outing at Silverstone, her day was not without dramas.

Her Williams FW36 developed a technical issue during her first lap of the session, forcing Wolff to return to the pits at crawling pace.

"That was a tough moment because it was immediately clear when I left the pit lane that there was a problem with the drive, and then I lost it completely at the hairpin," she said. "I then said to myself 'okay I have to get back to the pits somehow', because it was clear it was electronic and not an engine problem."

"In that moment, out on track, I said 'no no no no no, it's not going to finish like this'. I had such a good feeling for today. I think when you have that optimism and that belief that this is not the end, you just somehow know it's going to work, and maybe I would be saying a different story now if I had stopped out on track but the truth is we got back to the pits and that was the most important thing."

"I'm happy with my performance today. My main target result was always going to be Felipe [Massa], and the team set out a programme. It was important to do a good job today because obviously with the change in the setup, taking the FRIC [Front and Rear Interconnected Suspension] out, it was important to then get as much information for the team as possible.

"So I knew exactly what I had to do and I knew it was my only chance then to show what I was capable of out there, but I had a really good feeling because I was well prepared for it. I know the track very well from my DTM times, and I was just looking forward to driving the car because it's so much fun to be out there driving."

Wolff admits, though, that she may not be back in the FW36 again in 2014.

"That's the million dollar question, the next [run]," she said. "That's the difficulty because as soon as you come into the pit lane and finish the session, the next question is 'okay, when do you get back in the car?'

"That's one of the toughest things in Formula 1: getting more opportunities. The team are happy with my performance, so that was an important step in the right direction, and now I have to see what else is possible. It'll be difficult this season to get any more time in the car, that's clear, but that's next on my to do list."


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