Susie Wolff gets comfortable with new Williams chassis after Wednesday test

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There was a fair bit of discussion – and posts – about Simona de Silvestro’s maiden running in the 2012 Sauber chassis a couple weeks ago, which marked the Swiss driver’s first time in a Formula One car.

The other female seeking to make it into F1 – Williams test driver Susie Wolff – was on track Wednesday in the Barcelona test. She completed 55 laps in her first day of running in the FW36 chassis.

“With last year’s car the harder you pushed the faster you went, but now you have to manage certain elements a lot more,” she explained, via the team’s official website. “The cars also have a lot more torque which was a steep learning curve, and this caught me out at the beginning of the session.”

Still, Wolff made gains as she focused on aero and mechanical elements. Her best time was fifth on the day at 1:27.280.

Chief test and support engineer Rod Nelson said Wolff did well to get acclimated.

“We had a very productive day today, with Susie performing some aero test work and control systems testing and we completed our planned testing program on schedule this morning,” he said, via the website. “The focus this afternoon was then on giving Susie the time in the car she needs to understand the intricacies of the FW36 and to get a feel for how the new look regulations have changed the car’s behavior.”