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Wolff promoted to test driver at Williams

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Susie Wolff has been promoted to test driver at Williams following Felipe Nasr's move to a Sauber race seat for next season.

The role will offer Wolff two first practice sessions at grand prix weekends and two days of testing in next year's Williams FW37. Wolff has been the team's development driver for the past three years and will continue to conduct extensive simulator testing at the team's factory.

Wolff made her grand prix debut during first practice at this year's British round but was limited to just a handful of laps due to an engine issue. She had a more productive session at the German Grand Prix and is hoping to continue to build on her experience next season.

"This is another step in the right direction for me," she said. "I am delighted Williams are recognising my progression, hard work and that it is performance that counts. Williams is at a very exciting stage in its history and we are moving into 2015 with fantastic momentum, I'm proud to be part of the team. I'll be using my position to work closely with Felipe and Valtteri to make sure that the FW37 builds on the strong performance shown by the FW36."

Claire Williams, deputy team principal of Williams, added; "We are delighted to have Susie continuing with the team next season in this new role. She continues to impress us with her strong technical knowledge, the feedback she delivers and the performance when she drives the car both on the track and in the simulator. She has steadily increased her time behind the wheel since she joined us in April 2012 and her appointment as Official Test Driver was a natural progression. We have a very strong and stable driver line-up for 2015 and this will be a key asset as we look to build on a positive 2014 season."

The team is currently evaluating a number of drivers to replace Susie as development driver.

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