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2013-01-29 10:12

ALAN BALDWIN

A WOLFF IN DRIVER'S CLOTHING: Susie Wolff has been given an expanded role as a development driver by Williams F1.

LONDON, England - Williams has handed development driver Susie Wolff an expanded role and said the wife of shareholder and former executive director Toto would be first to try out the Formula 1 team's 2013 car.

The 30-year-old Scot who raced German Touring Cars for seven seasons (but scored only four points) will undergo more time in a race simulator during 2013,  along with more in-car testing, Williams said.

First she will be at the wheel of the new FW35 car during an aerodynamics test in Spain's before the second pre-season tests in Barcelona start on Febuary 19, 2013 and will do most of the team's aero testing.

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Technical director Mike Coughlan said: "Susie has proved herself to be a valuable addition to our driver roster and her feedback during simulator sessions is second to none. We will step-up her role through 2013."

Wolff joined Williams in April 2012. Her Austrian husband, now executive director at F1 rival team Mercedes, said she was "showing that women can play a role at the top level of motorsport".

Williams drivers for 2013 will be Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado, a race-winner in 2012, and Finnish rookie Valtteri Bottas.

The team won nine Constructors' titles between 1980 and 1997 but was eighth overall in 2012.
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