Susie Wolff re-ups with Williams; will participate in 2 FP1 sessions

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Williams had a solid test this past week in Bahrain, and confirmed new reserve and test driver Felipe Nasr. He won’t be alone on Williams’ bench behind its two race drivers, as the team confirmed Susie Wolff’s return as a development driver.

Wolff will participate in two Friday free practice one sessions, and the Silverstone Young Drivers Test during the summer in the FW36-Mercedes.

The identity of which two Grand Prix weekends she will participate in is still to be determined. However, her appearance will mark the first official weekend participation for a female driver in Formula One in more than 20 years, since Giovanna Amati in 1992.

‘‘I’m grateful for the support and belief Williams continue to show in me and 2014 promises to be a very important milestone in my career,” she said in a release. “My responsibilities within the team have steadily increased as I have proved myself, culminating in the opportunity to test the car at Silverstone and conduct straight line aero tests last season.

“Competing in two FP1 sessions, alongside an additional full test day this season will be a big step and I am looking forward to the opportunity to get behind the wheel of the FW36 on a Grand Prix weekend,” she added. “It’s a challenge that I will relish and it will be a great chance for me to continue assisting the team.’’

Nasr’s role was confirmed last week, and the Brazilian will participate in five FP1 sessions. He also had his first day of running on Saturday in Bahrain.

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

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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.”