Category: Society / October 17, 2012 1:25 PM EDT
Williams F1 development driver Susie Wolff left behind the computer simulator on Wednesday to drive the real thing on the Silverstone track for the first time. Wolff said the simulator prepared her for much of the car’s performance but the sheer force of the acceleration was still a surprise:
"I think it was initially the speed on the first lap when I went through all the gears up to seventh and I felt like my helmet was going to be pulled off my head because the speed was just incredible and the car is very agile, it's very fast, the brakes are phenomenal, how late you can break into the corners, and really an incredible car to drive,"
Wolff is now the second woman to drive Formula One in a test role this season. The next race in the F1 season is the Indian Grand Prix which begins in New Delhi on October 26th.