Susie Wolff’s efforts at Silverstone yesterday have answered many of her critics who claimed that she may be ‘undeserving’ of her role as reserve driver for Williams F1 Team.
The Scottish driver has raced in German touring car series DTM since 2006, scoring four points across seven seasons of racing, but she walked away from the championship at the end of last season in order to focus on her work for Williams.
In order to race in a grand prix, drivers are required to complete testing to secure an FIA superlicence, with Wolff’s testing at Silverstone going towards obtaining this as she hopes to become the first female to start a grand prix since Lella Lombardi in 1976.
During the test, Wolff finished an impressive 9th out of 16 runners, turning many heads as she proved her pace compared to her male counterparts.
Although she may not be in line for a full-time seat, Wolff has certainly established herself as a regular face in the F1 paddock for Williams, and the next step will be gaining a superlicense from the FIA in the near future.
You can read Wolff’s thoughts on her test here.
MARANELLO, Italy — Mick Schumacher, son of the legednary seven-time champion, will have an official Formula One drive during an F1 race weekend for the first time next week at the Nurburgring, Alfa Romeo and Ferrari said Tuesday.
Schumacher gets the practice drive in an Alfa Romeo on Oct. 9 on his home track in Germany as a member of Ferrari’s young driver program, taking over Antonio Giovinazzi’s car for the first session of the weekend.
“I am overjoyed to get this chance in free practice,” Schumacher said in a statement. “I’m going to prepare myself well, so that I can do the best possible job for the team and gain some valuable data for the weekend.”
The 21-year-old Schumacher leads the Formula 2 standings after winning races in Monza and Sochi. He won the European Formula 3 championship in 2018 and tested a Ferrari F1 car in Bahrain in April 2019. He also has done demonstration runs in his father’s old cars, most recently this month ahead of the Tuscan Grand Prix in a championship-winning 2004 Ferrari.
Michael Schumacher holds the F1 record with 91 victories, which Lewis Hamilton is on the verge of tying.
Ferrari said two other drivers in its academy program will also get practice drives in Formula One.
Callum Ilott, a British driver who is second to Mick Schumacher in F2, will drive an F1 Haas at the Nurburgring on the same day as Schumacher. Russian driver Robert Shwartzman will drive in practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Dec. 11, though Ferrari hasn’t said for which team.
The German round was added to the F1 schedule after the coronavirus pandemic disrupted the season and will be officially known as the Eifel Grand Prix after a nearby mountain range. The Nurburgring last hosted F1 in 2013.