Williams official test driver Susie Wolff will have at least three more days of on-track work this year, including two free practice one sessions at the Spanish and British Grands Prix. She’ll also have a day of testing after the Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring.
She’ll add the on-track time in the FW37 Mercedes chassis to her simulator work.
“Our focus this year is to build on the success of 2014 – I’ve been training hard all winter and I am physically in the best shape I’ve ever been, so I am ready for the season ahead,” Wolff said in a team release.
“As Official Test Driver I will have additional time in the FW37 and by correlating this with my work in the simulator, the team can ensure we are getting the best from the car and check how updates are performing.
“All of us drivers on the Williams roster have been working closely together on this and we are ready to give everything we can to the 2015 season.”
Claire Williams, deputy team principal, added: “Last season Susie impressed with her performances during FP1 at Silverstone and Hockenheim and we were keen to give her another chance to test in 2015. She knew the FW36 well and with the FW37 being a gradual evolution, we were keen to utilize this knowledge and get her in the car to help assess and validate the approaches we have taken.”
At both Barcelona and Silverstone, Wolff enters with decent track experience, albeit interrupted recently.
“I’m so excited to join Andretti United Extreme E,” Munnings said in a release. ““I was really intrigued when I first heard about Extreme E, I just knew I had to be involved. The male / female racing partnership is a fantastic and exciting new concept. The season has incredible locations and the racing will be very exciting. It will be a new challenge for the teams and drivers, and I’m so thrilled to be working with such a strong team.
“The championship is a really innovative concept, it’s combining motorsport and science and will produce an important legacy in each race location. Bringing the platform that motorsport has in line with the awareness that the planet needs right now is awesome and a really important message.”
Said Hansen: “Going into the Extreme E will be a new chapter in my career, one that I am extremely excited about. It is something brand new, not only for me, but the whole of motorsport. The format is something
we’ve never seen before. I’m also delighted to be able to carry the message of something bigger – talking about the environment and doing something good for the world – that’s something that really drives me. It’s going to be a big adventure in life to see these locations and I’m going to do my best in carrying this responsibility and hopefully making people aware of the challenges we have in the world, together with our passion for racing.”