Susie Wolff says she is aiming to take part in the 2013 young driver test
All 11 teams expected to test at Silverstone in July
By William Esler. Last Updated: 03/05/13 5:08pm
Williams development driver Susie Wolff has set her sights on the 2013 young driver test as she aims to move a step closer to a Formula 1 race seat.
The Scot has taken part in straight-line tests for the team and driven on sponsor and filming days, but does not hold the necessary super-licence/Grade A licence to compete in a grand prix weekend.
To qualify directly for the licence Article 5.1 of the FIA's International Sporting Code requires the driver to have finished in the top three of the GP2 Series, Japanese Super Formula, the International F3 Trophy or the top four of the IndyCar Championship in the previous two years or be the reigning Formula Renault 3.5 Champion, or the F3 Champion in the Euro, British, Italian, Japan or Spanish series.
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However, Wolf does not meet these requirements having previously competed in the DTM, where she scored four points in seven seasons, but could still be granted a licence if she completes "at least 300 km in a current Formula 1 car consistently at racing speeds, over a maximum period of two days," something that would be possible at this year's young driver test.
Although details of this year's annual event have not been confirmed, Silverstone has been strongly mooted as the likely venue for a mid-July test.
"For me the next logical step is to do the young drivers test, and do it well, and then see what the next step is after that," the 30-year-old said.
"I think there's quite a big movement just now, people want to see a woman in Formula One, the momentum is definitely there.
"There's many people who think it's going to be embarrassing for me to drive on a young driver day because I'm going to be so far off the pace," she said. "For me, it's incredible to hear such comments.
"I wouldn't be doing aero tests if I hadn't shown some kind of capability. People forget we've been racing at a high level for a long time. It's not like you are just plucked from obscurity and told 'drive the F1 car'."
The last woman to drive at a grand prix weekend was Giovanna Amati in 1992, whilst the last female to start a race was Lella Lombardi at the 1976 Austrian GP.
"They (Williams) haven't said anything but for me it has to happen," Wolff added.
"If it doesn't happen, then I'm wasting my time. It's all for nothing. It's got to happen. I am the development driver, so it cannot be that a young driver test comes and you don't put your development driver in. But you never know, so let's see.
"People are really pushing now and asking why isn't there a woman in Formula One. For me the timing is good but motorsport is a lot about talent and a little bit about timing and luck."