Williams Martini Racing have confirmed that Susie Wolff will return to their FW37 car during the 2015 Formula 1 season when she takes to the track in the post-Austrian Grand Prix test and at two Friday morning practice sessions.
The Scot was announced as the Official Test Driver for Williams in 2015, and will participate in the first free practice sessions at both the Circuit de Catalunya and Silverstone, as well as in one of the days at the Red Bull Ring test.
It will be the second year in a row Wolff will participate in two free practice sessions, after taking part in consecutive race weekends at Silverstone and Hockenheim in 2014. Her on-track sessions will supplement her extensive work she will be undertaking in the Williams simulator.
“Our focus this year is to build on the success of 2014 – I’ve been training hard all winter and I am physically in the best shape I’ve ever been, so I am ready for the season ahead,” insisted Wolff.
“As Official Test Driver I will have additional time in the FW37 and by correlating this with my work in the simulator, the team can ensure we are getting the best from the car and check how updates are performing.
“All of us drivers on the Williams roster have been working closely together on this and we are ready to give everything we can to the 2015 season.”
Deputy Team Principal and Commercial Director of the Williams F1 Team, Claire Williams, expressed her desire to see Wolff return to the cockpit in the FW37 during 2015 after being impressed by her performances in the FW36 in 2014.
“Last season Susie impressed with her performances during FP1 at Silverstone and Hockenheim and we were keen to give her another chance to test in 2015,” said Williams.
“She knew the FW36 well and with the FW37 being a gradual evolution, we were keen to utilise this knowledge and get her in the car to help assess and validate the approaches we have taken.”