Despite being involved with the Williams F1 Team for a number of years now, Susie Wolff still feels like she is a long way away from getting a race seat, especially now that the team have hired Adrian Sutil as the official reserve driver for 2015.
The thirty-two-year-old Scot will participate in her first free practice session this weekend with the team at the Circuit de Catalunya, and will also take part in the post-race tests in Spain and Austria, but she reckons that despite impressing so far whenever she has driven for the team, she feels that she is ‘very far away’ from actually racing for them.
“I have performed in the car, I have shown I am capable, I’m in a very competitive team, I drive a car which is capable of podium positions,” said Wolff to Reuters. “I do feel very, very close [to a race seat] but in the same respect very far away.
“Because when [Williams] announced Sutil as the reserve, that was a clear sign that ‘Yes, you’re close but you are also still very far away’.”
Wolff hopes the Superlicence rules that will be introduced in 2016 will be adjusted so to enable her potential opportunity to drive in Formula 1 remains, because with no recent experience of any traditional feeder series, this will end her chances.
“To find the budget to go through all those formulas, to get into the right team so that you actually win the championship in those formulas, that is a huge task for any driver regardless of gender,” insisted Wolff.
“I hope it will get tweaked and adjusted… love it or hate it, but motorsport is not purely talent. It never has been and never will be.”