After participating in two free practice sessions during the 2014 season, Susie Wolff is now the official Test Driver for the Williams Martini Racing squad for the 2015 season, having been a Development Driver for the past three seasons.
Former Mercedes-Benz DTM racer Wolff will participate in two more free practice sessions next season as part of her role, as well as running in two test days, plus extensive running in the teams’ simulator to help develop next years FW37 and 2016’s FW38.
Wolff became the first female driver to participate in an official Formula 1 session since 1992 when she took to the track in first practice at Silverstone in July, and the Scot followed that up with another outing at Hockenheim.
Deputy Team Principal of Williams Martini Racing Claire Williams was happy to be able to promote Wolff to the Test Driver role, and praised her for the feedback she provides and her strong technical knowledge.
“We are delighted to have Susie continuing with the team next season in this new role,” insisted 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.
“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. We have a very strong and stable driver line-up for 2015 and this will be a key asset as we look to build on a positive 2014 season.”
Wolff was naturally delighted to be retained by the team in the new role, and is looking to help 2015 drivers Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa build on the teams’ impressive 2014 season where they finished third in the Constructors’ Championship, behind only Mercedes and Red Bull Racing.
“This is another step in the right direction for me,” said Wolff. “I am delighted Williams are recognising my progression, hard work and that it is performance that counts. 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 and Valtteri to make sure that the FW37 builds on the strong performance shown by the FW36.”