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Susie Wolff
A wee biography of a potential Formula 1 driver

SUSIE WOLFF NAME: Susie Wolff (formerly Stoddart)
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 point.

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 development driver.

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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