SILVERSTONE, England (AP) — Susie Wolff’s bid to make an impact as the first woman to take part in a Formula One grand prix weekend for 22 years ended prematurely on Friday.
Wolff, driving a Williams, idled to a halt after only three timed laps in the opening practice for the British Grand Prix on Sunday.
“The engine has gone – terminal,” she was told by her race engineer.
Also, teammate Felipe Massa crashed heavily just a few minutes later.
“It was a really tough day, but that’s Formula One sometimes,” Wolff said. “We had an oil pressure problem which cut the engines – the guys are looking at getting it fixed for free practice two.
“I want to say a huge thank you for all the support. It means a lot, and really helps. It was wonderful.
Although there’s been a lot of media around this run, once I had put the helmet on that was the best feeling. And as soon as I had left the pit lane, everything felt good. Unfortunately it was a short run, but now I’m going to look forward to Hockenheim (the German GP in two weeks).”