Susie Wolff still on track after de Villota crash

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Jul.19 (GMM) Susie Wolff is sure she will get more chances to prove her skills in a Formula One car.

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Some insiders saw the serious injuries sustained by Maria de Villota during a recent straight-line test for Marussia as a major setback for F1's other female driver.

But Wolff, who is a test driver for Williams, remains scheduled to drive the FW34 in October.

Recently, Wolff conducted a straight-line aerodynamic test for the British team.

"I was sick when I heard about Maria's accident," she is quoted by the Kolner Express newspaper.

But, while also a DTM driver, she said her own F1 job remains on track.

"I am looking forward to seeing in October how close I can get to the level expected of a top driver," said Wolff.

She denied the Williams gig is a PR stunt, or just because her husband Toto is a Williams co-owner.

"Although he's my husband and biggest supporter, he's also my biggest critic. He even said he wasn't sure if he wanted to see me in a Formula One car," said Wolff.

"I have to show them what I can do, especially Frank Williams. He would never let anyone in his car that he doesn't think deserves a chance."

So is she dreaming of lining up on the grid any time soon?

"No, at the moment that's unrealistic," said Wolff, 29. "If things go well, I'll get more opportunities to sit in the car.

"But I do think that a woman will be there (in F1) in the next ten years."

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