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Topic - Susie Wolff
Maria de Villota, a pioneering Formula One test driver who lost an eye and nearly died in a crash last year, was found dead Friday in a hotel room in Seville, Spain. She was 33.
Showing no signs of exhaustion despite completing the equivalent of almost two grand prix races, Susie Wolff had one final job in the Silverstone heat on Friday.
Susie Wolff will gain further experience in Williams' Formula One car this week when she takes part in testing at Silverstone.
Maria de Villota heard the roaring engines again.
From the moment Susie Wolff first got into her Williams car, she heard the snickers from those questioning whether women belong in Formula One.
Susie Wolff is just the fourth woman in a decade to drive a Formula One car. She dedicated her first experience to Maria de Villota, who lost the sight in her right eye in a crash in July.
"There's nothing that comes close to being out there, especially being on a fast track like Silverstone," she said. "To give up that chance will be quite hard."
"If that has kind of more meaning because I am female, then of course I'll use that to my advantage," she added.