Williams has confirmed that Susie Wolff will continue in her role of development driver for 2014. Her expanded role will see her take to the wheel of the FW36 in two FP1 sessions this season.
Wolff joined the team in April 2012 and has helped develop the FW34, FW35 and the FW36. This year she will continue to work in the simulator to help further development.
“Susie has become a valued member of our driver line-up,” Chief Technical Officer Pat Symonds said. “2014 will see her take on more responsibilities as we seek to make a strong step forward in performance. 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.”
Wolff, who previously spent seven seasons in DTM before joining Williams, has expressed her gratitude to Williams for giving her a chance. “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.”
Wolff will work alongside Felipe Nasr who was recently appointed test and reserve driver by the team.