Date: 18th July 2014 at 12:51pm
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Susie Wolff got her second chance to step into Valtteri Bottas’ Williams FW36 this morning.

The British driver was left disappointed in Silverstone after her test session ended prematurely due to a mechanical fault.

Despite making a bit of history in becoming only the second British woman to take part in a Formula One Grand Prix weekend following in the footsteps of Divina Galica in 1976/78 and becoming the first woman to be involved in Formula One since Italian Giovanna Amati in 1992 the weekend was a disappointment.

But she got her second chance this morning during Free Practice One in Germany and took her chance with both hands.

‘I had a little bit of a worry at the beginning to get back to the pits when we had the [sensor] problem, but as soon as I made it back and they said they could fix it I thought ‘thank goodness’. Then it was just a case of going for it. Wolff told Sky Sports.

‘In the first run it was about building up pace, the second one again about new tyres, and the third one was just doing a bit of aerodynamical work.

‘It felt really fantastic. It felt really, really fantastic. The team did such a good job of getting me ready for today and it just felt so good to be out there and pushing and to finally do a proper session.’


Wolff completed 22 laps during the session and set the 15th fastest time of the morning with a time of 1minute 20.769secs.

Impressively that time was only 0.227 seconds slower than Formula One veteran Felipe Massa in the other Williams.

Wolff’s time was quicker than both Marussia’s, both Caterham’s, both Lotus’ and the Sauber of Giedo van der Garde.

She was also within half a second of the top ten times set.