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Wolff appointed Williams official test driver for 2015

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28/11/2014

Williams has announced that Susie Wolff will be step up to the position of official test driver in 2015.

In this role Wolff will be driving the Williams Mercedes FW37 in two FP1 sessions and two test days during the 2015 season. She will also be conducting extensive simulator testing to help in the ongoing development of the FW37 and FW38.

This new role builds on her three seasons as Development Driver for Williams which culminated in driving the FW36 during FP1 at the British and German Grands Prix this year. This saw her become the first female driver to drive in a Grand Prix weekend for two decades. The team is currently evaluating a number of drivers to replace her as Development Driver.

"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."

"We are delighted to have Susie continuing with the team next season in this new role," added Claire 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."

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1. Posted by Canuck, 01/12/2014 0:50

"Great news and I hope she gets more Friday FP1's during the year. I disagree with Mocha Williams standards are higher than what you are suggesting - Maybe the fact that Claire Williams in now the leader means that the she can recognize that gonads are not needed in this sport."

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2. Posted by Mocha, 28/11/2014 20:41

"Does the fact that she's married to Toto and that Williams just happens to be the only team close to Mercedes (despite not being the only ones with Mercedes engines) not seem kind of convenient? Good luck to her either way. "

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