Susie Wolff has been promoted from the role of the Williams F1 Team’s Development Driver to its Official Test Driver for the 2015 season, the Grove outfit has announced.

The former DTM racer and wife of Toto Wolff, Executive Director of the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team, will take part in two FP1 sessions during the year and do two test days for the team. She will also work in the team’s simulator to support its on-track activities.

“This is another step in the right direction for me,” Wolff 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.”

Wolff took part in two FP1 sessions and an in-season test at Silverstone for the team this year, becoming the first woman since 1992 to officially participate in a Grand Prix weekend. Unfortunately she suffered an engine failure just minutes into her maiden FP1 outing at the British Grand Prix, but bounced back with an impressive showing next time out at the Hockenheimring, where she lapped just a few-tenths of a second off Felipe Massa’s pace.

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