Wolff snares Williams F1 test driver role

Susie Wolff secures Williams F1 test driver role

Susie Wolff secures Williams F1 test driver role

Susie Wolff has been promoted to a test driver role at the Williams Formula 1 team for next season.

The 31-year-old will replace former test driver Felipe Nasr following the Brazilian’s move to a race seat at Sauber.

Wolff, who joined the team as a development driver in 2012, made her F1 race weekend debut this year at the British Grand Prix before completing another Friday practice outing at the German Grand Prix.

In her new role at the team, the former DTM driver will jump behind the wheel for two tests alongside further appearances in Friday practice sessions on grand prix weekends.

“This is another step in the right direction for me. I am delighted Williams are recognising my progression, hard work and that it is performance that counts,” said Wolff.

“Williams is at a very exciting stage in its history and we are moving into 2015 with fantastic momentum, I’m proud to be part of the team.

“I’ll be using my position to work closely with Felipe (Massa) and Valtteri (Bottas) to make sure that the FW37 builds on the strong performance shown by the FW36.”

Wolff’s performances behind the wheel and strong feedback throughout the season have warranted the promotion, according to deputy team principal Claire Williams.

“She continues to impress us with her strong technical knowledge, the feedback she delivers and the performance when she drives the car both on the track and in the simulator,” said Williams.

“She has steadily increased her time behind the wheel since she joined us in April 2012 and her appointment as official test driver was a natural progression.”

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