Upbeat Wolff pleased with performance
18 July 2014 – Williams Development Driver Susie Wolff says she is pleased with her performance after setting the 15th fastest time during the first practice session for the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim.
Wolff, who has experience of the circuit from her time in the DTM, encouneted a gearbox problem early on in the session but was able to return to the track and completed 22 error-free laps.
"I'm happy with my performance today," she said. "My main target result was always going to be Felipe, 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.
"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."
The British driver nonetheless concedes that she may not have another opportunity to test the FW36 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 'OK, 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."