Super license is no barrier to F1, says Susie Wolff

Fri May 8, 2015 9:55am EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Susie Wolff is confident that tighter new super license regulations will not get in the way of her bid to become the first female Formula One racer in 40 years should the opportunity arise.

The Briton took part in first practice for Williams at the Spanish Grand Prix on Friday with the 14th fastest time, quicker than struggling McLaren's world champions Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button.

At present Wolff lacks the necessary super license to compete but she told reporters that was not her biggest obstacle.

Asked whether she might apply for one before the rule change, given that she has done the necessary mileage, Wolff saw no point.

"I think I would still qualify for the Friday super license next year. I can't apply for a super license if I'm not going to do a race," she said.

"If a race was close to happening, 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," added the 32-year-old.

"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 super license would not be the thing to stop me."

From 2016, drivers will need to have earned points in other series, if not in F1, to get a super license.   Continued...

Williams Formula One test driver Susie Wolff of Britain sits in her car during the first practice session for the British Grand Prix at the Silverstone Race circuit, central England, July 4, 2014.   REUTERS/Francois Lenoir