Saturday, 14 March 2015

Wolff could make Formula One race debut on Sunday if Bottas' back issue is not resolved

(© Ben Johnston 2015)

Williams Martini Racing Team’s test and reserve driver Susie Wolff could be in line for a surprise Formula One race debut.

Valtteri Bottas went hospital for checks after complaining of back pain following qualifying for Sunday’s opening Grand Prix of the season in Melbourne’s Albert Park circuit. After qualifying in sixth place the Finn appeared to limping as he got out of the car in Parce Ferme and the team confirmed that after initial checks at the circuit medical centre, the Finn and the team decided that it would be best to have him checked out in a local hospital.

The team have since confirmed that they will wait until Sunday morning before making a final call on Bottas’ fitness.

Wolff is the team’s official test and reserve driver and will be called upon to drive the second FW37 should Bottas be unable to drive to car on Sunday. The Scot who has been with the Grove based outfit since 2012 was promoted to the role of test and reserve driver when Felipe Nasr moved to Sauber over the Winter and drove the FW37 during the first Barcelona test last month completing a race distance in the car.

© Ben Johnston 2015

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