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Susie Wolff to drive two FP1 sessions for Williams this year

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Susie Wolff will take part in two Friday morning practice sessions at grands prix this season after expanding her role as a Williams development driver.

Wolff will become the first woman to drive at a grand prix weekend since Giovanna Amati competed for Brabham in 1992. She joined Williams in 2012 and took part in her first official F1 test session at Silverstone last year.

"Susie has become a valued member of our driver line up and 2014 will see her take on more responsibilities as we seek to make a strong step forward in performance," technical director Pat Symonds said. "Susie has demonstrated a natural talent for developing a car and providing strong feedback and these sort of characteristics will be key this season as teams seek to quickly understand and refine the radically overhauled 2014 cars."

Wolff added: "I'm grateful for the support and belief Williams continue to show in me and 2014 promises to be a very important milestone in my career. My responsibilities within the team have steadily increased as I have proved myself, culminating in the opportunity to test the car at Silverstone and conduct straight line aero tests last season.

"Competing in two FP1 sessions, alongside an additional full test day this season will be a big step and I am looking forward to the opportunity to get behind the wheel of the FW36 on a Grand Prix weekend. It's a challenge that I will relish and it will be a great chance for me to continue assisting the team.''

Wolff will share reserve driver duties with Felipe Nasr, who joined the team last week and will drive in five FP1 sessions this year.

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