Making history!

For the first time in 22 years, Formula One will be seeing a woman take the wheel during an official practice session. Williams' test driver, Susie Wolff will replace Valtteri Bottas during FP1 and will be running the same programme as her teammate Felipe Massa.

Susie Wolff (Stoddart earlier), just like all the others started out karting. She won the 24hr Middle East Karting championship and the Scottish Juniot Intercontinental "A" title in 1997. In the following years she was awarded 'Woman kart racing driver of the year' four consecutive times and then named top female kart driver in the world in 2000.

In 2001, she moved onto single seater championships. Her breakthrough came in 2003 when she finished the Formula Renault UK championship in 9th position with her first podium in the series. In recognition of her efforts, she was nominated for the prestigious BRDC McLaren Autosport's 'Young driver of the year award' and was selected as BRDC's 'Rising star of the year'. The following year, she competed in Formula Renault UK for the third time, finishing 5th with 3 podiums in the season.

She made her way up to British F3 in 2005, but failed to run after 2 races because of an ankle injury she sustained earlier. From open wheel cars, she made a move to DTM in 2006 and stayed until 2012 while playing a significant part in Williams' development as her other job.

In 2012, Wolff was made Williams' development driver (Her husband Toto Wolff already a shareholder) and in 2014 she was promoted to a test driver.

Watch her in action at the first free practice session of the British GP at Silverstone.

~ All the best Susie! An inspiration for all female racers out there! ~


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