Susie Wolff now faces “the million dollar question” as to where her Formula 1 career goes from here.
As part of her planned programme as development driver for the Grove-based Williams team, the 31-year-old Scot completed the first practice session for tomorrow’s German Grand Prix at Hockenheim yesterday.
For one dreadful moment, though, it appeared as if the outing would again be short-lived, as was the case in first practice ahead of the British Grand Prix a fortnight ago.
On that day Wolff made history as she became the first woman for 22 years to take part in a race weekend, and only the sixth overall.
Wolff’s car stopped on track after just 20 minutes and four laps due to an engine failure.
Given a planned second bite of the cherry in Germany, with Valtteri Bottas again making way, on her first out-lap and just over a minute into the session, Wolff was seen touring.
But, unlike at Silverstone where she was forced to pull off track, she was able to coast back to the garage where the team rectified a minor electrical problem.
Wolff went on to complete 22 laps, finishing 15th on the timesheet, just a quarter of a second behind teammate Felipe Massa.
There were, though, two pitlane speeding fines in a matter of three minutes that cost her £1,580, but they were a blip on an otherwise fine display.
As to the exact nature of her next step, Wolff said: “That’s the million dollar question – what comes next?
“It’s difficult because it was only ever planned for me to do two practices one sessions this season, and that’s the second one done now.
“Of course it’s carrying on my work for the team. I’m always someone who likes to keep improving, keep moving forwards.
“That’s my aim, and that’s going to be the big fight. It’s tough, and that’s the big trouble in Formula 1, to get in the car and get more time in the car.”
2:00pm Thursday 3rd September 2015
IT was a case of damage limitation at Silverstone on Sunday in the pouring rain.
10:40am Thursday 3rd September 2015
Williams Martini Racing have confirmed that the partnership of Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas will be retained for a third season in the 2016 FIA Formula One World Championship.
9:30am Thursday 3rd September 2015
RUPERT Evans knows what it is takes to win the Minor Counties Championship as an Oxfordshire player, but admits beating Cumberland in this year’s final as coach would be just as special.
9:10am Thursday 3rd September 2015
MICHAEL Appleton is happy none of his players were nominated for a monthly award as he seeks to keep Oxford United under the radar.
9:00am Thursday 3rd September 2015
Oxfordshire ended sixth out of seven teams in the Home Counties League when they lost 132-100 to Bucks at Bletchley in their final game of the campaign.
8:00am Thursday 3rd September 2015
Woodstock Harrier James Bolton leads Abingdon AC’s Paul Fernandez by just one point ahead of tonight's final round of the Motavation Series in Oxford.
7:00am Thursday 3rd September 2015
Elizabeth Dorey represented England for the first time at the European Junior Touch Championships at Nottingham – just missing out on glory.
7:00am Thursday 3rd September 2015
Some of the county’s brightest young sporting talents are looking for glory in Manchester as they compete in the Sainsbury’s School Games, which get under way today.
More than 1,600 school-age athletes from around the country will descend on Manchester for the four-day multi-sport event – 15 of whom will be looking to bring a medalback to Oxfordshire.
Six of those will be competing in hockey, with Jona Boender (Abingdon), Niall Devaney (Oxford), Finn Dunleavy (Woodstock), Louisa Heathcote (Banbury) and Storm Sunderland (Deddington) all representing England sides, while Witney’s James Palmer has been selected for Wales.
Bloxham School pupil Heathcote, who is 17, will be representing England Girls White.
She is relishing the chance to shine saying: “I’m so happy to have been selected.
“My aim is to enjoy myself, but also play the best hockey I can throughout the tournament.”
Four Oxfordshire youngsters will be competing in athletics, which takes place tomorrow at the 6,500-capacity Manchester Regional Arena.
Luisa Chantler-Edmond (Headington), Emily Thompson (Banbury), Sam Way (Chipping Norton) and Ryan Craze (Didcot) have been selected to represent the Midlands.
Bicester duo Kieran Bird and Thomas Thornley and Faringdon’s Emily Nesbit will all represent England East in swimming.
Bicester Blue Fins swimmer Thornley, 15, said: “I feel very privileged to have been asked to compete in the Sainsbury’s School Games.
“It will be a great opportunity for me to develop as a swimmer and as an athlete overall.
“I can’t wait to get there!”
Oxford’s Saskia Freitas-Shoeffel will feature for England cadet women in volleyball.
And Benj Scheider, from Abingdon, completes the strong contingent from Oxfordshire with his selection for the England fencing team.
8:00am Wednesday 2nd September 2015
JAMES Roberts has been earmarked for a loan move away from Oxford United, but head coach Michael Appleton was quick to make it clear the striker has a bright future at the club.
6:08pm Wednesday 2nd September 2015
Bob Allsworth took two wins as Vikings whitewashed West Oxford Democrats Club.