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Susie Wolff drove the 2011 Williams at Silverstone in October © Sutton Images
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Susie Wolff will continue as Williams' development driver, and will be the first to get behind the wheel of the new FW35.

Wolff - whose husband Toto recently left the team for Mercedes - was named as Williams' development driver last year and drove the FW33 at Silverstone in October. Having impressed the team on that occasion she will now drive the new FW35 at the Idiada proving ground in February before the car is launched at the second pre-season test in Barcelona, while also doing the majority of the team's aerodynamic testing during the season.

"I really enjoy my time working with Williams and feel very much at home here," Wolff said. "Last year was a valuable experience and I certainly feel that I've developed a lot as a driver. Increasing my role this year will further this progression and I can't wait to get behind the wheel of the FW35 for the first time next month. I'm showing that women can play a role at the top level of motorsport and would like to thank Sir Frank Williams and the whole of the technical team for the trust they continue to show in me."

Williams' technical director Mike Coughlan said Wolff's simulator feedback has been particularly impressive.

"Susie has proved herself to be a valuable addition to our driver roster and her feedback during simulator sessions is second to none," Coughlan said. "As a result we will be stepping up her role this year and I'm looking forward to the progress we can make with Susie's input in conjunction with that of Pastor [Maldonado] and Valtteri [Bottas]."

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