Susie Wolff, the second woman to join Formula One in recent weeks, hopes her new role will pave the way for more females in the elite level of motorsport.
The 29-year-old Briton was signed to Williams as a development driver on Wednesday, just weeks after Spaniard Maria de Villota joined Marussia in a testing role.
“I hope to demonstrate women can play a role at the highest levels of motorsport,” Wolff said.
“I shall be working closely with the team on its social responsibility program in the areas of education and road safety.”
Wolff is just the seventh female F1 driver in the 60-year history of the sport and her recruitment, along with De Villota, has been seen as an important step forward in the gender divide.
However “Racy Susie,” as she has been labeled in the British tabloid press, may still have some way to go before changing old-fashioned thinking at the top.
F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone, who has long wanted a competitive female driver on the grid, welcomed Wolff’s arrival.
“If Susie is as quick in a car as she looks good out of a car then she will be a massive asset to any team and on top of that she is very intelligent,” the 81-year-old said.