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Williams development driver Susie Wolff took to the Silverstone track in one of the Grove outfit's 2011 cars today at a special partner event.
She completed two 50 km runs around the International Circuit, the first on the full wet tyre in damp conditions and the second on the dry tyre. Up to now Wolff's role as Development Driver has seen her work in the team's simulator, but today was her first chance to get behind the wheel of a Williams F1 car at a track.
Wolff joined Williams in April 2012, becoming one of only a handful of women who have managed to breakthrough into Formula One. Alongside her role at Williams she also races in DTM where she is now in her seventh season of competition.
''It was incredible to experience a Formula One car for the first time," said Wolff. "I've done a lot of simulator work since I joined the team but nothing compares to the exhilaration of driving the real thing. The conditions were a little tricky as it was quite damp at the beginning of the run but the track soon dried out. The team also did a fantastic job preparing me for today, giving me all the information I needed so that I was always in control."
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