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Susie Wolff

Formula 1 driver

Susie Wolff
Credit: Glenn Dunbar/Williams F1
Vital statistics for Susie Wolff
BirthplaceOban, United Kingdom
Born6 December 1982

After spending her formative driving years in karts, single seaters and DTM, Susie made the step up to join the Williams F1 team as a development driver in early 2012. Simulator and aerodynamic work was her main role, before Susie made her first appearance in the car for the young driver test in 2013. She made her F1 weekend debut participating in free practice at the British Grand Prix of 2014 but retired from racing at the end of the following season.

F1 biography

Susie Wolff, previously Stoddart, was keen on karting as a kid, racing in Scottish, British and European competitions against some of the best young kraters in the world. She made the step up to Formula Renault and then Formula Three, but only completed four races in the latter before breaking her ankle and having to withdraw.

After a period of recuperation, Wolff was offered a test for the DTM touring cars series. Her debut season in the German series came in 2006, and although there were no stand-out results, she continued to impress her colleagues. In 2011, Susie married Toto Wolff, who was an investor in Williams and would later become a shareholder in the Mercedes F1 team.

In April 2012, Wolff was signed to the Williams team as a development driver, focusing on simulator work within the factory. After testing the car at the end of the year, her role increased and she was granted some more seat time at the young driver testing in 2013. For the 2014 F1 season, her role continued as development driver, but Susie was a more prominent figure in the paddock. At the British Grand Prix, she made her official F1 weekend debut, driving in first practice for the Williams team.

For the 2015 season, Williams confirmed Wolff would take the Official Test Driver role, a step up from her development role. She participated in pre-season testing for the team, as well as being confirmed for at least two practice sessions during the year. At the end of the season, however, Wolff announced her retirement from racing, instead concentrating on initiatives to promote female participation in motorsport.