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Wolff gets first F1™ run with Williams 17 Oct 2012

Susie Wolff (GBR), Williams Development Driver, drives the Williams FW33.
Williams F1 Team Media & Partner Day, Silverstone, England, Wednesday, 17 October 2012 Susie Wolff (GBR), Williams Development Driver, drives the Williams FW33.
Williams F1 Team Media & Partner Day, Silverstone, England, Wednesday, 17 October 2012 Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Williams FW18.
Williams F1 Team Media & Partner Day, Silverstone, England, Wednesday, 17 October 2012 (L to R): Susie Wolff (GBR) Williams Development Driver; Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Williams; Bruno Senna (BRA) Williams; Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams FW34 Third Driver.
Williams F1 Team Media & Partner Day, Silverstone, England, Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Williams development driver Susie Wolff completed her first laps at the wheel of a Formula One car on Wednesday when she took to the UK's Silverstone circuit as part of special promotional day for the team's partners.

Wolff, 29, has been carrying out simulator and media work since joining Williams back in April, but her run around the British Grand Prix circuit in last year’s FW33 was the DTM star’s first proper F1 track outing.

‘’It was incredible to experience a Formula One car for the first time,” said the Scot, after two 50-kilometre runs, the first on wet tyres and the second on dry rubber. “I’ve done a lot of simulator work since I joined the team but nothing compares to the exhilaration of driving the real thing.

“The conditions were a little tricky as it was quite damp at the beginning of the run but the track soon dried out. The team also did a fantastic job preparing me for today, giving me all the information I needed so that I was always in control.’’

Williams had their full complement of drivers present at Silverstone for Wednesday’s event, with racers Pastor Maldonado and Bruno Senna, plus reserve Vatteri Bottas all joining Wolff as they tried out various cars from the Grove team’s past.

Maldonado took to the track in Damon Hill's championship-winning FW18 of 1996, while Senna sampled Keke Rosberg's FW08 from 1982.

On Thursday, British driver Luciano Bacheta is due to make his Formula One debut with Williams as reward for winning the 2012 Formula Two title.

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