Susie Wolff gets first run in new Williams FW37 at filming day


Susie Wolff enjoyed her first run-out in the new Williams FW37 car today at a filming day in Jerez as she prepares for a year in a test driver role with the British team.

Wolff made history in 2014, becoming the first woman in 22 years to take part in a Formula 1 grand prix weekend session at the British Grand Prix.

Although her run was cut short due to a technical problem, she got another chance in Germany two weeks later where she put in a good performance to finish two-tenths of a second behind full-time driver Felipe Massa.

Her performances merited a promotion from development driver to test driver at Williams, and she is set to run for the team in the next pre-season test in Barcelona.

Ahead of the new season, Wolff took part in a filming day for the team at Jerez, saying that it was “good to be back” in the car on Twitter.

However, she did encounter some problems when trying to put on Massa’s helmet yesterday, finding it to be a bit too small.

Wolff is one of many women in F1 who are breaking the trend of it being a male-dominated sport, and 2015 looks set to be another good year for the Scottish driver at Williams.

Zach Veach splits with Andretti Autosport for rest of IndyCar season

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Zach Veach will be leaving his Andretti Autosport ride with three races remaining in the season, choosing to explore options after the decision was made he wouldn’t return for 2021.

In a Wednesday release, Andretti Autosport said a replacement driver for the No. 26 Dallara-Honda would be named in the coming days. The NTT IndyCar Series will race Oct. 2-3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and then conclude the season Oct. 25 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Veach was ranked 11th in the points standings through 11 races of his third season with Andretti. Since a fourth in the June 6 season opener at Texas Motor Speedway, he hadn’t finished higher than 14th.

“The decision was made that I will not be returning in 2021 with Andretti Autosport in the No. 26 Gainbridge car,” Veach said in the Andretti release. “This, along with knowing that limited testing exists for teams due to COVID, have led me to the decision to step out of the car for the remainder of the 2020 IndyCar season. I am doing this to allow the team to have time with other drivers as they prepare for 2021, and so that I can also explore my own 2021 options.

“This is the hardest decision I have ever made, but to me, racing is about family, and it is my belief that you take care of your family. Andretti Autosport is my family and I feel this is what is best to help us all reach the next step. I will forever be grateful to Michael and the team for all of their support over the years. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for a relationship that started many years ago with Road to Indy. I will also be forever grateful to Dan Towriss for his friendship and for the opportunity he and Gainbridge have given me.

“My love for this sport and the people involved is unmeasurable, and I look forward to continuing to be amongst the racing world and fans in 2021.”

Said team owner Michael Andretti: “We first welcomed Zach to the Andretti team back in his USF2000 days and have enjoyed watching him grow and evolve as a racer, and a person. His decision to allow us to use the last few races to explore our 2021 options shows the measure of his character.

“Zach has always placed team and family first, and we’re very happy to have had him as part of ours for so many years. We wish him the best in whatever 2021 may bring and will always consider him a friend.”

Andretti fields five full-time cars for Veach, Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and Colton Herta.

It also has fielded James Hinchcliffe in three races this season.