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GP Week : Issue 217
F1 >>> nEWs F1 >>> nEWs WilliAms dEnts Wolff's drEAms Any hopes susie Wolff had of making her race debut for Williams have taken a hit thanks to the teams signing of Adrian sutil. Currently the Grove squad's Test and Development driver, Wolff tested for the team over the winter and stood next in line behind race drivers Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas. After Bottas injured his back during qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix there were some suggestions Wolff would step into the Finn's car should he have been unfit to take part in Malaysia. It would have made the 32-year-old the first female to take part in a Grand Prix since Lella Lombardi at the 1976 Austrian Grand Prix, and only the third female to ever start a Grand Prix. Instead the signing of Sutil means should either race driver be unfit for competition it will be the German who steps into the car, not Wolff. Sutil was without a drive this season after Sauber elected not to keep him on for 2015. The 32-year-old has started 128 Grands Prix, beginning his career with Spyker before staying with the outfit as it became Force India. He sat out 2012 before rejoining Force India for 2013 and then Sauber last year. From Williams' perspective the signing makes a good deal of sense. Sutil is a known quantity with recent race experience whereas Wolff has only tested a Formula One car and taken part in opening practice sessions. But she has recent experience in the Williams FW37, something Sutil has not had. No matter how one rationalises the decision it no doubt comes as a slap in the face for Wolff. C M Y CM MY CY CMY K GP Week April FA Path HR.pdf 1 25/2/15 15:52 10 GPWEEK.com // 10 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: