Wolff unconcerned by lack of racing

1 Comment

Susie Wolff is unconcerned by her lack of competitive racing this season as she focuses on testing duties for Williams F1 Team.

Over the years, many drivers have stagnated whilst in the test driver role, but Wolff defended her decision to quit German touring car series DTM at the end of last season.

“I’m so focused on my work with Williams that there really isn’t the capacity to do anything else,” Wolff explained to Richland F1. “I’m the kind of person who when I do something, I do it to the best of my ability.”

Wolff was also pleased to being playing a part in the development of the FW35, in a support role to full time drivers Pastor Maldonado and Valtteri Bottas.

“I have quite a lot on my shoulders and I’m incredibly proud to be a part of the team. The aero testing is important work and there isn’t anyone else apart from the race drivers who can do that work, so I feel quite a responsibility helping the people at Grove who are building those cars that I’ve got my part in the process right as well.”

At the beginning of the season, Wolff set herself the target of securing her FIA superlicense during 2013, but these plans have been shelved for the time being.

“At the start of the season the guys are very focused on getting back to where we should be, so nobody is really interested in talking about what we’re going to be doing in the mid-year tests yet. There’s a lot more important work to be done. I’ve got two aero tests lined up to do so that’ll be the next focus.”

Williams will be working hard behind the scenes to rectify their poor start to the season, and it is likely that Wolff will be playing a big part in this. If she can secure her superlicense in the near future, it may not be long until Formula One has a full time female driver on the grid.

Verstappen doesn’t want F1 season to end after recent run of form

Getty Images
Leave a comment

Max Verstappen says he is not ready for the 2017 Formula 1 season to come to an end after enjoying a run of strong form through the closing stages of the campaign.

Verstappen endured a rocky run of form through to the end of the European season that saw him suffer a number of reliability issues and score just a single podium finish, taking third in China back in April.

However, the Dutchman has rallied to score more points than any other driver in the last five races, including victories in Malaysia and Mexico, as well as a podium finish in Japan.

Verstappen heads into next weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix chasing a third win of the year to sign off, but joked he does not want the season to end just as he’s got into a good groove.

“We will, of course, try and end the season with a strong result in Abu Dhabi,” Verstappen said. “Last year was actually quite a good race after skipping a pit stop following a spin at Turn 1, it was hard to manage the tires to the end of the race but we did it and finished fourth.

“I would say that my favorite part of the track is at Turns 2 and 3, the fast left, right. It’s also very cool driving underneath the hotel and racing in the darkness with all the lights.

“The final sector at Yas Marina is actually quite technical so you have to be really precise there, but it should also be our strongest part of the track.

“There are quite a few overtaking opportunities to make the race interesting, before the long straight at the hairpin and then at the end of the straight under braking for the next chicane section.

“Abu Dhabi is the last race on the calendar, but I don’t actually want the season to end. I’m really fired up at the moment and I just want to keep going.

“The nice thing will be to spend some time with friends and family over the winter break and then I will look ahead to January and get back into training before it all starts again.”