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Susie Wolff gets comfortable with new Williams chassis after Wednesday test

May 15, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT

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There was a fair bit of discussion – and posts – about Simona de Silvestro’s maiden running in the 2012 Sauber chassis a couple weeks ago, which marked the Swiss driver’s first time in a Formula One car.

The other female seeking to make it into F1 – Williams test driver Susie Wolff – was on track Wednesday in the Barcelona test. She completed 55 laps in her first day of running in the FW36 chassis.

“With last year’s car the harder you pushed the faster you went, but now you have to manage certain elements a lot more,” she explained, via the team’s official website. “The cars also have a lot more torque which was a steep learning curve, and this caught me out at the beginning of the session.”

Still, Wolff made gains as she focused on aero and mechanical elements. Her best time was fifth on the day at 1:27.280.

Chief test and support engineer Rod Nelson said Wolff did well to get acclimated.

“We had a very productive day today, with Susie performing some aero test work and control systems testing and we completed our planned testing program on schedule this morning,” he said, via the website. “The focus this afternoon was then on giving Susie the time in the car she needs to understand the intricacies of the FW36 and to get a feel for how the new look regulations have changed the car’s behavior.”

  1. techmeister1 - May 15, 2014 at 12:38 PM

    It’s a big change jumping into a ’14 F1 car after driving last year’s version. Susie seems like the real deal so hopefully she will get a chance to race F1 full time.

    • indycar02 - May 15, 2014 at 2:10 PM

      it will be nice to see susie n simona next year. as with indycar its about time we had female drivers.

  2. mega1480 - May 15, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    Obviously you have never seen her race in the DTM, more like Milka Duno than Danica Patrick. Simona has a shot, Susie is terrible.

    • ditto65 - May 15, 2014 at 2:36 PM

      I wouldn’t necessarily use Danica Patrick as a positive comparison…

      • indycarseries500 - May 15, 2014 at 5:44 PM

        You mean Danica Patrick, who won a race, finished top 5 in the championship, Rookie of the year for the series and at the 500, and lead and finished top three at Indianapolis? Yeah what a hack.

      • testover6370 - May 15, 2014 at 6:03 PM

        @Indycarseries500 – She did that in a top team against a rather shallow field, and the win was a fuel milage call by the team. These days, what do we hear about her other than a breathless announcement after every race about her remarkable charge up to 38th place in NASCAR. And even leading when she did owed more to pit stop cycles than anything else. When the field picked up strength in the later years of her Indycar career, where was she? Buried.

        Simona was also Rookie of the Year at Indy, and unlike Danica she was never in good equipment, until arguably last year. Also unlike Danica she never complained, never blamed anyone else. Nothing was ever Danica’s fault, it was always shrill, hysterical, shrieking condemnation of her team. Simona shook off a horrific crash and raced with painfully burned hands. Would Danica? Hardly.

      • indycarseries500 - May 16, 2014 at 9:33 AM

        Might want to check AGR/AA’s results during her time there, with the exception of her first year they weren’t a “top team” also her 5th in the championship was against a unified field. A win is a win, she had to be in a position to take advantage of a fuel mileage strategy.

    • indycar02 - May 15, 2014 at 3:34 PM

      even thought its only testing, she was faster than vettel (and many others!) and ran 1/2 as many laps. dtm has as much to do with f1 as nascar does indycar. just look at montoya, i take it you know his indycar/f1 record so lets just look at him in nascar 1 win in 5 – 6 years in nascar (lets turn it around). if montoya started out in nascar he would have NEVER!.. made it to indycar/f1. im soo glad susie is out of dtm, its ONLY making her look terrible.

      • indycar02 - May 15, 2014 at 3:49 PM

        also.. look at danica patrick. as a rookie at indy she started 4th finished 4th lead 19 laps (2005), started 25th finished 10th lead 10 laps (2010), only 2 times she didnt finish on the lead lap. now lets look at her in nascar, TERRIBLE!… like susie IN dtm.

      • testover6370 - May 15, 2014 at 6:06 PM

        Absolutely agreed. I had only seen her drive in DTM before her F1 test and was not impressed. Figured the F1 test was a farce, a gift to her given her, well, connections. Lo and behold she did rather well in an F1 car. Go figure. I’d rather see her in F1 and DTM because she does way better in an open wheel car.

  3. mega1480 - May 15, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    Marussia led day 1 of testing, Lotus led day two. Mercedes has dominated the entire F1 season so clearly the testing times are irrelevant. Williams is famous for low fuel runs in testing to impress sponsors. Susie Wolff’s best finish in the DTM was 13, she is married to Toto Wolff executive director for AMG Mercedes F1, she is not in F1 for her driving talents.

  4. adamlucas9999 - May 15, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    Hey Tony DiZinno! Slow day at the track? Haven’t you got anything better to write about than this baloney? If it wasn’t for her husband, Toto Wolff and his money, this MILF wouldn’t be driving anything but a street car. She’s too old to break into F1. This was the best she could on a day when everybody was on the Super Softs. She’s over the hill before she started.

    • indycar02 - May 16, 2014 at 3:00 PM

      5th fastest & ran 1/2 as many laps as vettel (only testing so what), did you forget to read my 2 massages above before posting such jibberish?…

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