Wolff A wee biography of a potential
Formula 1 driver
SUSIE WOLFF NAME: Susie Wolff
PROFESSION: racing driver, development driver for Williams F1
Team, ambassador for Wings for Life and FIA Women in Motorsport
DATE OF BIRTH: 06/12/1982
PLACE OF BIRTH: Oban, Scotland LIVES: Switzerland
MARITAL STATUS: married to Toto Wolff
Susie Wolff virtually inherited her
passion for motorsport: even as a child she accompanied her parents,
who have a motorcycle shop, to different race tracks and did her
very first laps in a fun kart. From the early age of 8 she started
to race karts at club level. But only a little later she
successfully participated in karting championships in Scotland and
England. Aged 14 she already snagged the top positions at both
European and international levels. Attending a Formula 3 race in
1996 at Donington Park Circuit and experiencing Jenson Button’s
victory, she decided to follow her dream of becoming a racing driver
– all the way up to Formula 1.
Her debut in single-seater racing is
dated back to 2001 when she started off with Formula Renault. 2003
she got selected as the BRDC Rising Star and in addition she
qualified as the only woman for the final round of the coveted
McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver Award in 2003 and 2004. The
following year she made the leap into the British F3 International
Series. But after just four races she was forced to pull out after
braking her ankle. Her future within motor racing was at a tipping
But the supposed end turned into a new
beginning: after testing in World Series by Renault over the winter
she received a call from Mercedes-Benz and got invited to a DTM
test. The test went well and a week later she signed a factory
driver contract with Mercedes Benz.
In 2006 Susie had her debut in DTM and
finished her first race within the top 10. As a firmly established
racing driver she was part of one of the most popular touring car
championships in the world. With solid performances and tough duels,
even in difficult conditions, she earned her colleagues’ and
competitors’ respect. 2010 then became her most successful season
within DTM: at Lausitzring and at Hockenheim she finished seventh
and made points as first woman in DTM after almost 20 years. She
ended her fifth season ahead of her brand colleagues Ralf Schumacher
and David Coulthard.
After 73 races and 7 seasons with
Mercedes-Benz Susie decided to look for new challenges and focus on
her goal of driving a F1 car.
In 2012 she was appointed development
driver for the Williams F1 Team. As such she’s one of a only a
handful of women who made it all the way up to Formula 1.
Susie had her first F1 test at the end
of 2012 and was then asked to increase her role with the team for
the 2013 season. She will be the first driver to test the new 2013
car and she will attend every F1 Grand Prix in her capacity as
Susie also continues her work as a FIA
Women in Motorsport Ambassador as well as her work as a
representative of the Wings for Life Foundation that has set an
ultimate goal to make spinal cord injury curable.
Privately she found happiness in her
marriage to Toto Wolff in October 2011. From that date on she
switched to racing under her married name, Susie Wolff.
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