Susie Wolff described her F1 test debut with Williams as 'incredible'
Female DTM driver made her F1 test bow at Silverstone
Last Updated: 18/10/12 10:36am
Williams development driver Susie Wolff described her Formula 1 test debut as "incredible" after she completed a day in the team's 2011 car at Silverstone.
The Scottish driver, who normally competes in the German DTM series, took to the British GP venue's shorter International Circuit to complete two 50km runs in the FW33 during a wider promotional day for the team on Wednesday.
On an initially damp track surface, Wolff ran on wet tyres for the first stint before switching to slicks for the second and afterwards admitted that finally taking an F1 car to the track had been a real thrill.
''It was incredible to experience a Formula 1 car for the first time," she said.
"I've done a lot of simulator work since I joined the team but nothing compares to the exhilaration of driving the real thing.
"The conditions were a little tricky as it was quite damp at the beginning of the run but the track soon dried out.
"The team also did a fantastic job preparing me for today, giving me all the information I needed so that I was always in control.''
Having joined the team as a development driver in April, Wolff, the wife of Williams shareholder Toto Wolff, became the first female driver to test an F1 car since Maria de Villota lost her eye in a testing accident with Marussia in July.
Wolff paid tribute to the Spaniard and said that de Villota had told her recently to "drive for the both of us now".
"She is an incredible lady. Before you even talk about her as a racing driver, she is an incredible person, an inspiration," she was quoted as saying by Reuters.
"We were in contact a couple of weeks ago and she told me to drive for the both of us now, that I would be out there representing us both.
"I had Maria's star on my helmet, it's with pride I have that, and without a doubt I was driving for the two of us."