Wolff unconcerned by lack of racing

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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.

Castroneves crashes out of Indy 500

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Helio Castroneves’ bid for a fourth Indianapolis 500 triumph came to an end following a restart on Lap 145, when his No. 3 Pennzoil Chevrolet broke loose exiting Turn 4, sending him spinning into the inside wall near the pit entrance.

Castroneves started eighth and had been running solidly inside the top 10 for much of the race, and he was sitting fifth following a Lap 145 restart. Further, the previous caution – for Sebastien Bourdais, who crashed in Turn 4 – set up Castroneves to possibly make it to the end of the race on more pit stop.

However, that effort came to a disappointing end not long after racing resumed.

Castroneves’ status for future Indy 500s is unknown, though he did make a plea to team owner Roger Penske to let him come back next year. “Please, Roger, I want to come back,” said Castroneves during his interview.

This is the first time Castroneves has crashed out of an Indy 500 since 2006.

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