De Villota flooded with memories in F1 visit

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She was warmly greeted Friday when she walked around.

“I spoke with Fernando (Alonso), I spoke with Checo (Sergio Perez),” she said. “When you are in the hospital, and you get their support, it was so important for me. Because you feel this tiny, you feel so small in that moment. You feel that you’re not worth it.”

Wolff has a special role to play in De Villota’s recovery.

“As I told her, I cannot drive anymore but every time she’s in the car I feel like I’m with her,” said De Villota, who is raising funds for the Ana Carolina Diez Mahou foundation for children who have neuromuscular and mitocondrial diseases.

Wolff is just the fourth woman in a decade to drive an F1 car. She dedicated her first experience to De Villota, who says there should be more women riding.

“I think it’s going too slowly. I think it’s very difficult to get the respect, to get the encouragement,” she said. “It’s taking so much time. I really think that Susie needs that chance. We need to have our representation on the grid and I think she deserves it.

“Girls in go-karting need a reference (like) Susie, so they can say: `OK, I want to be like her.’ If you don’t have a reference, how are you going to imagine what you want to be? For the guys it’s easier because they say: `I want to be like Fernando.’”

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