Susie Wolff to get Williams F1 test drive

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Susie Wolff to get Williams F1 test drive

Scottish racing driver Susie Wolff had edged one step closer to entry in the Formula One World Championship after being offered a test drive at a young driver event at Silverstone this week.

The 30-year-old former German touring car driver will get to spend a whole day in a Williams car, alongside Spaniard Daniel Juncadella and Williams's current race driver Pastor Maldonado.

The three-day test comes as F1 teams evaluate new tyres following the controversial British Grand Prix, in which there were a number of high-speed blowouts due to issues with the Pirelli-supplied rubber.

Wolff has had previous experience of the Williams F1 car in her role as a development driver for the team. She has previously had a familiarisation test with the car and drove the team's 2013 contender in aerodynamic testing.

Some have suggested that the call, which has come later in her career, is largely down to Susie's husband Toto Wolff, a former director at Williams and now head of motorsport for Mercedes F1.

Speaking to The Telegraph, Susie Wolff rejected the claims, saying: "I'm very aware that I have to perform. But I wouldn't be here if I didn't think I was quick enough.

"The ambition is to be at the top of this sport. But I said as soon as I joined Williams that I'm not going to run before I can walk. I'm trying to get more track time.

"What I fear happening is an opportunity coming and not being ready for it, because that opportunity will only ever come once. And if you're not good enough you are never going to get it back again. Formula One is so competitive."

The last woman to compete in a Formula One car was Desire Wilson from South Africa, who raced in Formula 1 during the late 1970s and early 1980s. She also remains the only woman to win a Formula 1 race, when she came first at at Brands Hatch in the short-lived British Aurora F1 series in 1980.