Wolff enjoys first official Formula 1 test
19 July 2013 – Williams development driver Susie Wolff described a "fantastic experience" after concluding her first full Formula 1 test at the Silverstone circuit on Friday afternoon.
The Scot, who completed the shakedown of the FW35 chassis at the Idiada complex earlier in the year, racked up 89 laps of the British Grand Prix venue en route to the ninth fastest time, just ahead of former DTM rival and McLaren tester Gary Paffett.
"The team did a great job getting me through the day, talking me through everything step by step," said Wolff. "In hindsight it would have been good to run the new tyres later in the day after I’d had more time in the car as I don’t think I got the best out of the Mediums.
"Physically it wasn’t easy, but it was what I was expecting. I was well prepared so it was completely manageable. My only problem was my seat as I was moving around a little. Doing the pit-stops this afternoon was also really beneficial as there is a lot to think about coming into the stops. It was a fantastic experience."
Chief Engineer Xevi Pujolar said of Wolff's overall performance: "Susie did a great job for us today. We did some aero tests this morning while she familiarised herself with the car and then we moved onto some performance and development work.
"In the afternoon we combined some general running with live pit-stop practice, which is an area we are keen to improve ahead of the next race in Hungary. We made some good progress and Susie was good at stopping on the mark every time."