(© Ben Johnston 2015)
Williams Martini Racing Team’s Susie Wolff stated ‘it was good to get time in the FW37’ after completing the first day of the Barcelona test for the Grove based outfit.
The Scot finished the day in 10th place just ahead of world champion Lewis Hamilton and completed 86 laps with a fastest time of 1m 28.905s ending the day 3.895s behind pace setter and former Williams team mate Pastor Maldonado in his Lotus E23. Speaking following her day in the car, Wolff stated:
‘We learnt a lot today. Carrying out some longer runs in the morning gave me experience of tyre management and it was good to get time in the FW37. The car has a lot of potential and the number of laps we completed today gave the team a lot of data. It’s just a shame I didn’t get the chance to drive the faster tyre. I got a good feeling of the car and as a driver, have learnt a lot.’
Williams Martini Racing’s Chief Test and Support Engineer Rod Nelsen stated:
‘We have had a reasonably successful day adding mileage to the FW37. The morning’s focus was on completing a race distance and further set-up work with the car. This afternoon we had some system checks planned, but unfortunately lost a lot of time which affected the programme. We will be able to add these back in later in the week, it’s just a shame for Susie to lose the time in the car when we were having a productive day.’
It is not the last time that we will see Wolff behind the wheel of the FW37 as she is scheduled to take part in more Free Practice sessions this season as a result of her expanded role of Test and Reserve driver with the Grove based outfit.
© Ben Johnston 2015