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Lauda slams Williams for Susie snub

2014-07-20 12:03

KUDOS TO SUSIE: F1 legend Niki Lauda has slammed Williams' for not giving Susie Wolff more track time as the first woman in the sport in 22 years. Image: AFP/Bernd Weissbrod

HOCKENHEIM, Germany - Niki Lauda has criticised Williams, in the wake of female driver Susie Wolff's Friday morning appearances at Silverstone and Hockenheim.

Wolff's Silverstone outing was short-lived due to technical trouble, but at Hockenheim the 31-year-old Scot managed more laps and eventually was just two tenths shy of Felipe Massa's best time.

According to F1 legend and Mercedes team chairman Lauda, however, Williams had missed a trick in managing Wolff's practice sessions - the first time a woman has taken part in World championship rounds for 22 years.

PR MOVE WRONG

Lauda told the Swiss newspaper Blick at Hockenheim: "Williams unfortunately missed the chance to do global women's racing a big favour."

Lauda, who works closely with Wolff's husband Toto at Mercedes, said Williams should have dispensed with its usual Friday practice programme in order to allow Susie to impress the world with a scintillating laptime.

"Rather than the same fuel and the same tyres as Massa, she should have got soft rubber and low fuel - and then been a lot higher up. If you do a PR move, then do it right but I take off my cap to Susie."

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