HOPING FOR A RACE SEAT: Williams' test driver Susie Wolff hopes to be the first female in 40 years to race in F1. Image: AFP / Josep Lago
BARCELONA, Spain - Susie Wolff is confident that new superlicence regulations will not get in the way of her bid to become the first female Formula 1 racer in 40 years should the opportunity arise.
Wolff drove in first practice for Williams ahead of the 2015 Spanish GP on Friday (May 8) with the 14th fastest time, quicker than struggling McLaren's F1 champions Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button.
Wolff lacks the necessary superlicence to compete but told reporters that was not her biggest obstacle.
RACE SEAT FOR WOLFF
Asked whether she might apply for one before the rule change, given that she has done the necessary track distance, Wolff saw no point. "I think I would still qualify for the Friday supelicence in 2016. I can't apply for a superlicence if I'm not going to race.
"If a race was close, which right now it is not, then I'm not going to jump a step ahead of myself. I can't go and ask for one because they would ask what I need it for.
"I have time in an F1 car, I do a lot of simulator work so that cannot be the reason to stop me doing a race. If that opportunity came the superlicence would not be the thing to stop me."
From 2016 Formula 1 hopefuls will need to have earned points in other series, if not in F1, to get a superlicence.
Wolff has not raced single-seaters for a decade and most recently competed in German Touring Cars, which is not on the list of eligible series. However exemptions are expected to be allowed.
MORE PRACTICE PLANNED
Wolff will take part in practice again ahead of her home 2015 British GP in July and test in Austria in June but she recognised her dream of racing was still far away. "As a driver I felt so much more prepared on the track today than I did at Silverstone in 2014.
"You gain so much experience every time you're in the car it means you can push more and be more prepared.
"I'm not the team's reserve driver so I'm far away from a race day... close, but far away."
Wolff also remained convinced she could "bring something to the table".
"I feel 100% that a woman can compete at this level."
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