Susie Wolff’s F1 practice ends with engine failure

Susie Wolff's time on the track lasted only three laps before her engine expired.

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SILVERSTONE, England — Susie Wolff’s bid to make an impact as the first woman to take part in a Formula One grand prix weekend in 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).”