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Wolff's test was 'positive' - Williams

ESPN Staff
July 20, 2013 « Performance justified my test - Wolff | Grosjean wanted Young Driver Test time »
Susie Wolff ended her day 0.4s slower than fellow Williams young driver Dani Juncadella © Sutton Images
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Williams chief race engineer Xevi Pujolar says Susie Wolff's performance at the Young Driver Test was "positive".

Wolff drove for the team throughout the final day of the test on Friday, completing 89 laps and setting the ninth quickest time of the day. Asked to analyse how Wolff's running had gone from the engineers' point of view, Pujolar said it was a strong showing for a first full test day.

"I think she did a good job," Pujolar said. "She didn't do any mistakes, she didn't go off at all and I think she made good progress with the new tyres. I think to extract the potential of the new tyre she was missing a bit - similar to what we had with Dani [Juncadella] - these tyres, especially when we do the run with the mediums, if you don't get the first or second lap then you're using grip. By about lap four or five when they get more comfortable with the car the grip is not there.

"So I'm sure if we had more new tyres in the afternoon the performance would have been better, but we had just a limited amount of sets. I think she did a good job; it's difficult with these tyres just to get the lap one to get both axles together. For someone who does not have much experience in the car I think it's positive."

However, asked if he would be confident running Wolff in an FP1 session, Pujolar was less optimistic.

"That's not something that we've considered at the moment. The work we wanted to do here is different to what we do on a race weekend. We haven't considered that yet."