Susie Wolff makes history at Formula One weekend

Susie Wolff has made Formula One history after becoming the first woman for 22 years to take to the Silverstone racetrack.

Williams' Susie Wolff during the practice day at Silverstone Circuit, Towcester. Credit: PA

However, the Scottish racing driver's moment in the spotlight lasted just 20 minutes after an oil pressure problem forced the Briton to stop on lap two of her first run.

In front of a 70,000-strong crowd, and with various messages of support dotted around the Northamptonshire track, she completed just four laps of the first practice session for the British Grand Prix.

Williams' Susie Wolff was helped by marshals after her car stopped at Club Corner during the practice day at Silverstone Circuit, Towcester. Credit: PA

Minutes later, Williams team-mate Felipe Massa lost control at Stowe corner, badly damaging his car in a 130mph crash.

Williams, one of the teams battling against the dominant Mercedes, now have two cars to prepare ahead of the second session.

An engine failure forced Susie Wolff to stop on lap two of her first run and pull off the circuit.

Wolff spoke about her disappointment when she discovered there was no hope for her car being recovered and getting sent back onto the track.

It was a really tough day, but that's Formula One sometimes. Going out there was the best feeling.

I want to say a huge thank you for all the support. It means a lot and really helps. It was wonderful.

"As soon as I left the pit lane, everything felt good. Unfortunately it was a short run, but I'm going to look forward to Hockenheim," she added.

Williams' Susie Wolff making her way back to the pit lane after her car stopped at Club Corner. Credit: PA

The Scottish racing driver said the car is getting fixed for free practice two when Valtteri Bottas will take up the wheel.

In a fortnight's time Wolff will get a second shot in first practice for the German Grand Prix.

Wolff ultimately finished 21st on the timesheet, nearly nine seconds down on Mercedes' Nico Rosberg, with only Pastor Maldonado below her, but without a time due to technical problems with the Lotus.

Mercedes' Nico Rosberg at the British Grand Prix in Silverstone. Credit: PA

At the head of the table were the Mercedes championship leaders Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton, with 0.739 seconds between the pair.

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