No chance of a Susie Wolff race seat :(

While it's horrible that Bottas' back is out and he couldn't compete in Australia, the one upside that I was expecting to come out of it was the first woman in a race seat in twenty years. Reserve drivers don't usually do well these days because of the lack of mileage that they can get with current regulations. For example, Heikki Kovaleinan's Lotus stint at the end of 2013 when Lotus were extremely competitive and giving Red Bull a run for their money ended with two pointless runs. Susie Wolff has more mileage in the current car than anyone bar Massa and Bottas, so she seems like the likely fill, however Williams are not having it. They have not named anyone, but I'd expect it to be Pascal Wehrlein given Williams' increasingly close ties to Mercedes and Mercs' apparent desire to get him mileage as shown by them paying Force India to come out and run him. Whatever. It is what it is. I just thought that it would be nice, and would have been amusing to see a scantily clad grid boy.


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