Little running for Susie and illegal wing on her car
Susie Wolff completed her third testing day for Williams this season, and like in Barcelona she will drive the first practice in the upcoming British Grand Prix. She has been exposed to a level of criticism, concerning the fact that her lap times are often lagging behind her team mates, regular drivers Felipe Massa and Valteri Bottas. What people forget is, that she’s the development driver and is therefore used for development. Surprise.
“We had a good day today,” says test engineer Rod Nelson and was quite happy with Susie’s work. “She’s done a great job all day, and it is a pity she didn’t get a chance to show her full pace.” Unlike others Wolff never got to use the faster supersoft tires and spent her 37 laps on aerodynamic runs, 18 of which were driven on a wet track.
The car however raised some eyebrows, because it was obviously illegal. The Williams had a winglet mounted right in front of the rear wheels in an area where such structures are forbidden.
Most likely this was done to test the effect for some clever solution, perhaps on the 2016 cars. Currently there are rumours that Williams might bow out of the development race early to concentrate on next year’s car.
This and more will be discussed on the TJ13 courtroom podcast tonight at 8pm. Use the ‘Podcast Live’ link on the left side of the homepage to watch it live.
Algersuari’s racing license suspended
Formula E and former Toro Rosso driver Jaime Algersuari’s racing license has been suspended for health reasons. After the Moscow ePrix, the Spaniard had passed out from exhaustion and so far no definite explanation has been found. Although Algersuari insists that he has no health problems, his license was suspended as a precautionary measure.
Manor-Marussia test pilot Fabio Leimer will driver Algersuari’s Virgin Racing car in the Formula E season finale, the double-header at London. Also making a Formula E debut at London, will be Simona de Silvestro for Andretti Autosport.