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SUSIE WOLFF TO CONTINUE AS DEVELOPMENT DRIVER INTO 2013 SEASON WITH EXPANDED ROLE

The Williams F1 Team is pleased to confirm that Development Driver Susie Wolff will be continuing her role with the team during the 2013 season.

Susie joined the Williams F1 Team in April 2012 and has played a valuable role in helping to develop the Williams-Renault FW34 and FW35. Susie’s level of involvement will increase during the 2013 season, with an increased programme in the team’s simulator combined with a greater level of in-car testing. Susie will be the first to get behind the wheel of the FW35 when she drives the car at Idiada next month, and will do the majority of aerodynamic testing this season. Prior to joining the Williams F1 Team Susie spent seven seasons driving in DTM and was twice nominated for the prestigious BRDC Young Driver of the Year Award.

Speaking about Susie’s continued role with the team Mike Coughlan, Technical Director, commented: ‘’Susie has proved herself to be a valuable addition to our driver roster and her feedback during simulator sessions is second to none. As a result we will be stepping up her role this year and I’m looking forward to the progress we can make with Susie’s input in conjunction with that of Pastor and Valtteri.’’

Speaking about her role with the Williams F1 Team in 2013 Susie said, ‘‘I really enjoy my time working with Williams and feel very much at home here. Last year was a valuable experience and I certainly feel that I’ve developed a lot as a driver. Increasing my role this year will further this progression and I can’t wait to get behind the wheel of the FW35 for the first time next month. I’m showing that women can play a role at the top level of motorsport and would like to thank Sir Frank Williams and the whole of the technical team for the trust they continue to show in me.’

F1Weekly podcast # 553

High Hopes from the Highlands


Photo. www.formula1onlive.com

From Golspie to Grand Prix next season is the goal of Mister Lewis Williamson. The young Scottish talent is interviewed on a special edition of F1Weekly podcast # 553.

Williamson – from the land of Jim Clark and Jackie Stewart – has been on a fast track to success from his early days in karting. Blessed with immense natural talent and a good head on his shoulders, Williamson won numerous Scottish and British karting titles.

His first foray in single-seaters was equally impressive and successful, winning on debut from pole against a strong field of 24 Formula Jedi cars.

In the 2010 Formula Renault Championship Williamson scored five wins – highlight of which was winning both rounds on the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit – five poles and recorded four fastest laps. He was edged out only in the final race of the season for the championship.

The best was yet to come.

Williamson won the demanding and very prestigious 2010 McLaren BRDC Autosport Award, and with it a drive in his namesake’s 2008 British Grand Prix winning car.

Scotland The Brave & Very Quick

Just what the Doctor ordered

Then came the phone call, according to Williamson, “from a foreign number.” On the line laying out a prescription for success and support was Dr. Helmut Marko.

The Red Bull Young Driver Development Program has catapulted the likes of Sebastian Vettel and Jean-Eric Vergne into Formula 1. Their German wunderkind has already won two championships. “JEV” looks set to become the first French world champion after the “Professor.”

Williamson is well aware of the demands of Red Bull but is already delivering on the track for them. In the ultra-competitive GP3 Series last year he finished 8th with a win, a pole and three podium finishes.

Photo. GP3 Series Media

The glorious past and future of Scottish motor racing. Sir Stewart with Sir Speedy.

For the 2012 season, Williamson stays with Christian Horner-owned Arden team but moves up to the Formula Renault 3.5 Series. Both Daniel Ricciardo and Vergne came to Formula 1 from this championship on the wings of Red Bull.

Williamson’s winning ways will also land him at the top echelon of motor racing in the near future.

For more information on his career please visit www.lewiswilliamson.com

 

— Nasir Hameed

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