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Last Updated: Wednesday, 19 October 2005, 07:42 GMT 08:42 UK
British woman gets F1 test chance
Katherine Legge
Legge: "It's always been a goal of mine to drive an F1 car."
Britain's Katherine Legge will become the first woman in more than a decade to test an F1 car next month when she gets behind the wheel of a Minardi.

The Northamptonshire-born driver has been given the chance after winning three races in a successful United States' Toyota Atlantic season.

"I'm grateful to Paul Stoddart (Minardi boss) for the opportunity," said Legge.

Giovanna Amati competed in F1 in 1992, but she failed to quailify for three races and was replaced by Damon Hill.

Legge's performance in America has also landed her a Champ Car test.

She added: "These are two of the most powerful and challenging cars to drive in the world.

"Growing up in England, it was always a goal of mine to drive a Formula One car and at the moment I am just climbing the walls to get back into a car.

"Until I prove myself some more I know that both Champ Car and Formula One are out of my reach."

Indy Racing League driver Sarah Fisher drove several demonstration laps in a McLaren at Indianapolis in 2002.

But that run was a promotional exercise for a joint sponsor and did not constitute a test.


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