Susie Wolff halted by engine failure

SILVERSTONE, England -- Susie Wolff's bid to make an impact as the first woman to take part in a Formula One grand prix weekend for 22 years ended prematurely on Friday.

Wolff, driving a Williams for Finn Valtteri Bottas, 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.

Teammate Felipe Massa crashed heavily just a few minutes later.

Wolff wasn't the only driver with engine issues. Lewis Hamilton, the 2008 F1 champ, ran the fastest lap during the afternoon session only to come to a halt on the track with a serious engine problem an hour into the 90-minute session.

Hamilton clocked a best lap of 1 minute, 34.508 seconds to outpace teammate and series leader Nico Rosberg, who leads Hamilton by 29 points in their personal duel for the title after eight of this year's 19 races.

Rosberg had topped the times Friday morning ahead of Hamilton in an opening session in which the main focus was on the luckless 31-year-old Wolff.

"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)."

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