Susie Wolff enjoyed her final practice run-out of the 2015 Formula 1 season at Silverstone on Friday, finishing eight-tenths of a second behind regular Williams driver Felipe Massa.
Wolff became the first woman in 22 years to take part in a grand prix weekend session at last year’s British Grand Prix, and did enough across the course of the 2014 season to earn a promotion to test driver at Williams for 2015.
As part of this role, Wolff took part in pre-season testing in Barcelona, practice for the Spanish Grand Prix, in-season testing in Austria and, finally, practice at Silverstone on Friday.
“It was great to be back in the car especially at Silverstone,” Wolff said. “It’s not easy to jump into the car after such a long time, so to be within eight tenths off Felipe isn’t bad.
“I left a bit on the table but completed my programme. The team did a great job to get me ready and fully prepared so I am grateful to them for that.”
Wolff has already made clear that she is yet to discuss any plans for 2016 with Williams, but is unlikely to be in the frame for a race seat even if Valtteri Bottas departs to Ferrari.
However, an idea proposed at the F1 Strategy Group meeting earlier this week was for a sprint race to take place in the race weekend that saw third drivers fight to qualify for the grand prix.
If this were to be implemented, Wolff may yet be able to become the first woman to start a grand prix since Lella Lombardi back in 1976.
For the time being though, Wolff will need to wait and see what the future holds at Williams.