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FORMULA 1: Susie Wolff set to take part in F1 testing at Silverstone

TIME FOR A CHANGE:Wolff, who started racing aged eight, is being billed as the best chance for a woman to break a Formula One drought that dates to the 1970s

AP, LONDON

Williams development driver Susie Wolff walks on the paddock at the Sakhir Formula One circuit near Manama, Bahrain, on April 20.

Photo: EPA

Susie Wolff is set to gain further experience in Williams’ Formula One car this week when she takes part in testing at Silverstone, England.

The Scot joined Williams as a development driver in April last year in a bid to become the first woman on the F1 grid in more than three decades.

In-season testing has been allowed at Silverstone from today to Friday to allay safety fears after concerns about burst tires at the British Grand Prix earlier this month.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for me, so now it is up to me to prepare myself the best that I can for the day,” Wolff said.

“It’s going to be a big challenge, but the most important thing is to do a solid and consistent job, and to give good feedback to the team to be able to prove I am at the level to compete on a day such as this,” she added.

Wolff’s husband, Toto, was an executive and shareholder with Williams, but has since left for Mercedes.

Wolff, who started racing aged eight after her parents bought her and her brother karts, is being billed as the best chance for a woman to break a F1 drought that dates to the 1970s.

Italy’s Lella Lombardi was the last woman to race in F1, finishing sixth at the 1975 Spanish Grand Prix.

The first woman to race was another Italian, Maria Teresa de Filippis, who made her debut in 1958 and took part in five races.

“Most of my work is based in the simulator, which is why this day is so important for me,” Wolff said. “It will give me a better understanding of what the car is like on track and how that correlates to the simulator, which will also help further develop the work I can do there.”

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