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D.O.B. 6/12/1982
FROM Oban, Scotland
LIVES Switzerland
UNSINGLE: Married to Toto Wolff
Maiden name: Susie Stoddart
TRAINERS Erwin Reiterer & Andreas Vock
HOBBIES Karting, cycling, skiing, watersports & reading
LIKES Fashion (particularly handbags!), Paulo Coelho books, travelling, Thai food, music
Occupation Racing Driver
Why did you start? My Dad raced road bikes and while racing at Knockhill my brother and I would spend all our time and money on the fun karts, my Dad eventually decided it would be cheaper to buy us karts than race himself!

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.


Formula One Development Driver with Williams F1 Team

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Susie Wolff early retirement in Brands Hatch

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Susie Stoddart has revealed she would like a Formula One team to give her the opportunity of a proper track test. The 27-year-old Scottish driver, whose partner is the Williams co-owner Christian ‘Toto’ Wolff, currently races a Mercedes in the German touring car series DTM. “I dream about Formula One,” Stoddart, no relation to the former Minardi owner Paul Stoddart, told the Austrian magazine SportWoche. “I would at least like my first test. That’s what I really want to do. But I don’t want it to just be a PR stunt. “I want to show them what I can do,” added Stoddart, who has also raced in Formula Renault and British F3. She is currently 12th in the 2010 DTM standings, ahead of former F1 drivers Ralf Schumacher, David Coulthard and Markus Winkelhock, with two races to go.

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Headed for Zandvoort with strengthened confidence. Her strong tenth place in the DTM’s round at Mugello a week ago marked Susie, the driver of the TV Spielfilm AMG Mercedes C-Class, for her best result of the season. Next she’ll be tackling the difficult dune circuit at Zandvoort (the Netherlands) where she clinched twelfth place in her 2006 début season.

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Stoddart appears in 18 month Women in the Winner's Circle 2007 calendar along with 17 other women throughout the motorsports field.


"My last race for Mercedes-Benz AMG in the DTM."

Susie Wolff will contest her last race in the world’s most popular touring car series in the DTM season finale (21st October 2012). Over the past seven years, the Scottish driver has contested 73 DTM races for Mercedes-Benz to date. Susie made her DTM debut in 2006 with and earned respect straightaway in her first race in the AMG Mercedes C-Class at Hockenheim, where she achieved a top-ten finish.

In addition to working with Mercedes-Benz in the DTM, Wolff has been a development driver for the Williams F1 team since the start of 2012. She completed her first Formula 1 test for the team last Wednesday.

Susie Wolff: “Driving for Mercedes-Benz AMG in the DTM, one of the best championships in the world, has been an incredible journey that started seven years ago for me and I am very proud to have been part of such a great team. Along the way I have enjoyed some really exciting racing, had some tough fights and met some brilliant people. I am very grateful and feel lucky to have achieved this and will always be thankful for the opportunity Mercedes-Benz AMG and HWA gave me. The DTM has been a challenge and it’s disappointing to not have achieved my best results this season. I always pushed hard, however, and I'm proud of what I've achieved in my racing career at the highest level. It’s been an amazing period of my life, not only will I take with me great memories, but also the most special prize - my husband. Most importantly, thank you to all of my fans who have supported me. Be assured I am by no means ready to hang up my helmet yet and am looking forward to exciting new opportunities in the future.”

Williams F1 team development driver Susie Wolff takes to the track at Silverstone

Williams F1 Team Development Driver Susie Wolff put the Williams FW33 through its paces today at a special Williams F1 Partner event at the Silverstone circuit. Susie completed two 50km runs around Silverstone’s International Circuit, the first on the full wet tyre in damp conditions and the second on the dry tyre.

Up to now Susie’s role as Development Driver has seen her work in the team’s simulator, but today was her first chance to get behind the wheel of a Williams F1 car at a track. Susie joined Williams F1 in April 2012, becoming one of only a handful of women who have managed to breakthrough into Formula One. Alongside her role at Williams F1 Susie also races in DTM where she is now in her seventh season of competition.

Speaking about today’s run, Susie said: "It was incredible to experience a Formula One car for the first time. I’ve done a lot of simulator work since I joined the team but nothing compares to the exhilaration of driving the real thing. The conditions were a little tricky as it was quite damp at the beginning of the run but the track soon dried out. The team also did a fantastic job preparing me for today, giving me all the information I needed so that I was always in control."

Susie Wolff early retirement in Brands Hatch

Only three tenth separated Susie from pole position in the Qualifying in the third round of the DTM at Brands Hatch last weekend but in the end was only enough for grid position 21. Moreover, she was adjudged to have set her fastest time in sector three under yellow flag conditions during the warm-up and was moved to last place. Not a good basis for a successful race. „It’s of course a big disappointment to start from the back of the grid at my home race. To be only 0.3 seconds off the quickest time and still be on the last row is very frustrating but it shows how competitive and close the DTM is“, said the Mercedes driver after the Qualifying. In the race Susie had to retire early.

Susie had a good race start with her TV-Spielfilm AMG Mercedes C-Coupé and made up three positions after the first two laps. Unfortunately Susie than picked up a bad vibration on the front left which forced her to retire early. „The start of my home race in Britain went ok and resulted in me moving up a number of positions to join the battle in the tightly bunched mid-field. Unfortunately, I had to retire just before the end of the race and so was unable to secure a decent result for my fans, but nevertheless, I hope they enjoyed this exciting race and Gary’s win.“

Briton Gary Paffett scored a lights-to-flag win in the third round of the year at Brands Hatch with his DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé.

In total, 27,000 fans attended the racing weekend in Kent County in the south-east of Great Britain. The next round takes place at the Red Bull Ring in Austria, June 3rd.

Oban woman Susie Wolff joins Williams F1 team

Scottish racing driver Susie Wolff has signed for Williams as a development driver for Formula 1

The Oban-born racer is one of only a handful of women who have driven in F1 in its history.

While her new role is a development one - involving aerodynamic trials and track tests - she has ambitions to start on the grid for Williams in the future.

Wolff, who is 29, said entering F1 was "a big dream of mine".

Wolff has already established herself among the world's top female racers; she currently drives in the German touring championship Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM), alongside David Coulthard and Ralf Schumacher.

She will continue to compete in the DTM, where she has driven for the past six years.

Williams team principal, Frank Williams said: "Susie is a talented racing driver who competes in one of the world's most fiercely-contested racing series [DTM].

"Susie will also attend a number of races with us."

'Different league'

Wolff made clear that F1 is a huge step up from the driving championships she is used to competing in.

She said: "Formula 1 is just a completely different league because it's the top championship in the world. The cars are the most advanced cars in the world; the fastest cars, so it's a lot more physically demanding and there's a lot more technical work going in in the background."

Wolff started racing when she was eight. Her father, John Stoddart owned a motorcycle dealership in Oban and raced bikes competitively.

She competed at karting championships as a child at the West of Scotland Kart Club, before earning a place in Formula Renault and then on to Formula 3. She joined the DTM series in 2006, and has been racing there ever since.

One day Wolff hopes to start a race in F1, but is determined not to "run before I can walk."

She said: "It's a dream of mine but I'm not going to look too far ahead in the future now. I've got goals to achieve first of all in my role as a development driver.

"I've got a lot of experience but I still want to improve as a driver. I think this opportunity with Williams is a fantastic opportunity and it's up to me to take that with both hands.

"They've given me the chance to show want I can do in a Formula 1 car and it's up to me to prove that I possibly do have a chance to start a race for them."

Role model

Wolff follows another woman, Spaniard Maria de Villota, into the sport. She joined Marussia as a test driver for 2012.

However, the numbers of women involved in F1 are still low.

Only five women have entered F1 races in the past, the most prolific being Italian Lella Lombardi, who started 12 grand prixs in the 1970s.

The last woman to enter the F1 world championship was Italian Giovanna Amati in the 1992 season with Brabham.

Wolff said there were a "number of factors" which explained why women found it harder than men to break into motor racing.

She said: "The sheer fact that there aren't as many women racing means that there's less chance of the best rising to the top.

"You get a young girl who is really interested in motor sport; who has a passion for it, she watches Formula 1 races with her family at the weekend but she doesn't see any role models to inspire her to be involved in motor sport, or to make her believe that she could be involved."

However, Wolff points to a number of prominent women in F1, including Frank Williams' daughter and team board member, Claire Williams, to suggest that opportunities for women are improving in the sport.

"There are some quite powerful women in the team now and I think slowly but surely it's all starting to change in F1" she said.

In 2010 Monisha Kaltenborn was appointed CEO of the Sauber F1 team, the first woman to hold this role.

Wolff is married to Toto Wolff, a director of Williams, who recused himself from the board when decisions surrounding her appointment were made.

F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone said: "I am really looking forward to having her in Formula 1."


Susie Wolff Named Development Driver For Williams F1 Team

The Williams F1 Team confirmed that Susie Wolff will join the team as its Development Driver.

Born in Scotland, Susie Wolff has had the classic racing career, beginning in karting and then moving to junior single-seater series and was twice nominated for the prestigious Young Driver of the Year Award before moving up to DTM. In 2012, Susie will contest her seventh season in DTM.

Frank Williams, Team Principal of the Williams F1 Team, said, “Susie is a talented, successful and highly professional racing driver who competes in one of the world’s most fiercely-contested racing series. Susie will join Williams as a Development Driver, in which capacity she will assist us with the development of our simulator and other technical challenges. Susie will also undertake some aerodynamic testing of the FW34 and a full track test in the coming months. Susie will also attend a number of races with us. I should add that, as Susie is married to Toto Wolff, a Director of Williams, her appointment was carefully considered and then approved by the Board, with Toto recusing himself from the process.”

Susie Wolff said, “I would like to thank Sir Frank for giving me this opportunity both on and off the track. I must also thank Mercedes Benz AMG and HWA for supporting me to take up this new experience with Williams. Formula One is the ultimate challenge for any racing driver and it offers me the chance both to apply and to improve the skills I have developed racing in DTM. In return I shall be offering some of my own technical insight and experience – coming from a different discipline – and helping the team engage with its partners. I hope also to demonstrate that women can play a role at the highest levels of motorsport and I shall be working closely with the team on its social responsibility programme in the areas of education and road safety.”

Bernie Ecclestone, Chief Executive of Formula One, welcomed the announcement: “If Susie is as quick in a car as she looks good (Editor's note: Still a sexist. I'm surprised he hasn't suggested a Spandex driver's suit especially for her.) out of a car then she will be a massive asset to any team and on top of that she is very intelligent. I am really looking forward to having her in Formula One.”
Source: Press release

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Susie raced karts from 1996 to 2000, competing in Formula "A" at National and World Championship level. During this time she picked up the titles of "British Woman Kart Racing Driver of the Year" and "Top Female Kart Driver in the World".

From there she moved into cars competing in Formula Renault picking up a multitude of podium finishes. Her efforts also brought her a "Finalist BRDC Mclaren Autosport young driver of the year Award" and she was selected as a "BRDC Rising Star".

Earlier this year I wrote up my interview with Susie Stoddart for, quite adamant that she was one of the most talented young drivers (regardless of gender) in Britain. Now at the end of the season I can confidently say my assumption was correct!

I caught up with Susie at the final round of the Formula Renault UK Championship at Donington Park. She would finish the weekend an impressive an impressive fifth in the championship, two points off fourth. For her performance in the first race, going from 11th to 6th in a courageous display of driving, she would receive the 'Drive of the Day' Award for the second time this year.

"It has been a fantastic year" Susie told me. "I think it has been a particularly strong year for Formula Renault as a whole, with a very competitive field. I've had consistent, strong finishes."

Indeed, consistent is the word. With continual points scoring positions and a trio of podiums, it was only in the final race of the season that Susie did not finish. But of course, the obvious question was looming and I had to ask about the elusive win.

"Ah!" laughed Susie, "Everyone asks how I feel not getting a win! Obviously, I start every race wanting to win but it wasn't to come. There were times when I should have won, Thruxton and Snetterton. But my consistency has been my strength so I won't get hung up on not getting a race win.

This year has been very much about consolidating my driving and gaining even more experience."

One particularly strong aspect of her driving skills is her love of over taking - somewhat of a rarity in some sections of motorsport these days I think we agree! She agreed with me that her strength in overtaking and commitment on the track undoubtedly lies in her karting background.

Talking to Susie it is apparent how comfortable and confident she is within the Comtec Racing Team. It is a shock to many that this is their first season in Formula Renault, taking second in the entrant's championship and sporting two such strong contenders as Susie and her team-mate, Wesley Barber. But Comtec have a strong pedigree behind them having had much success as national and international level in Formula Ford, having seen such drivers as Ayrton Senna, Eddie Irvine and Kimi Raikkonen cutting their teeth with them.

"The team have been amazing" said Susie. "We gelled from the onset and I have a fantastic relationship with the engineers and mechanics. It is a very supportive, committed and ambitious team. There have been times in the year when they've made a mistake and times when I have, and we are always the stronger for it."

Susie is also full of praise for her team-mate. "I get on very well with Wesley" Susie said. "We both respect each other as drivers and think we have pushed each other quite hard from the beginning which has been very positive for both of us and the team."

Possibly, not everyone has been quite so welcoming and I wondered how the reaction had been to Susie as a female racer. Whilst there have been a number of female drivers in the series in the past, it can easily be argued that Susie is one of the more successful and came into the championship as a contender from the outset which perhaps would ruffle the odd feather.

"There have been a few problems in that respect" Susie said honestly, "but I really don't let it bother me." And why should she, she is at the end of the day a competitive racing driver of considerable talent.

As well as strengthening her talents on track, this year has proved to be a learning curve behind the scenes as well. Susie has received excellent support from her sponsors especially BT Broadband. This in turn has further exposed Susie to the promotion and marketing side of the sport.

"It has been hard work" she told me, "and we have ten guests from BT at each round. We give them a full behind the scenes tour which I hope they enjoy. If it wasn't for them I wouldn't be here and their support has been fantastic and this will help me in my ambition to make it to Formula One. Away from the track I do internal talks and appearances for them so I have learnt a lot more about the media and promotions which is very valuable."

Not that I feel Susie need ever worry about her persona. She is a delightfully open and easy to talk to person. As well as her own ambition within the sport, her clear love of the sport as a whole is infectious. As we sat at the rear of the team awning a beautiful display of flowers, 'To Susie', was sat on the table. Perhaps an admirer?!

"This is really lovely" she told me. "A girl contacted me earlier this year as she was researching her dissertation regarding women and motor racing and I was more than happy to help her with an interview or in whatever way I could. She arrived this morning to say I was one of few people who had helped and she brought me the flowers and some wine as a thank you. I was really touched."

This was of no surprise to me and perfectly summed up Susie's friendly manner for everyone from the top ranking sponsor to the race fan.

"It is the fans who support the sport who make all the difference" she said as I nodded enthusiastically in agreement. "I know from when I watch sport as a spectator if someone is forthcoming you warm to them. I mean, really what is the point of being a boring old sod?!"

Looking to the future, Susie is now looking beyond Britain's shore and plans are afoot for GP2 in 2005, graduating with the Comtec team.

"I feel I need to learn new tracks and head into Europe and beyond. I now need to make the transition to quicker cars and the associated technology such as paddle shifts etc. And I would like to stick with Comtec."

GP2 (the new embodiment of F3000) will support Formula One and I have little doubt Susie will command much interest from teams, media and spectators world-wide.

In 2005 any hope of my impartiality will be out of the window I'm afraid, as I for one will have the St Andrews flying!

Susie Wolff targets place in young driver test with Williams

Williams development driver Susie Wolff is targeting a spot in the next young driver test as she continues her bid to secure a Formula 1 race seat.

The Scot drove an F1 car for the first time last October and was the first person to test this year's Williams.

"I'm on a fantastic path but I don't look too far ahead," Wolff, 30, told BBC Sport. "I look at each small step.

"Now it's about doing the young drivers days and proving I'm quick enough - and then getting a super licence."

Despite her age, Wolff is allowed to take part in the test because she has not yet competed in a Formula 1 race.

The last British woman to drive an F1 car on a race track was Katherine Legge, who drove a Minardi in Italy in 2005.

The last woman to race an F1 car was Italian Lella Lombardi in 1976.

Wolff, who competed in the DTM German touring car championship for seven seasons before leaving the series at the end of last year, joined Williams in 2012 as development driver.

She was then given an expanded role this season, which included more time in the simulator and also a first taste of a real Formula 1 car.

The date of this year's young driver test has yet to be decided, but it usually takes place at Abu Dhabi's Yas Marina circuit or Silverstone, which hosted one last year.

Wolff said only once she had completed a young driver test would she think about getting a super licence - a qualification issued by the sport's governing body the FIA on request - that allows a driver to take part in Formula 1 races.

"Once I've done the test, I'll apply for a super licence and then I've got to get myself close enough and hope I get the opportunity for a race seat," said Wolff, the wife of Mercedes director of motorsport and Williams shareholder Toto Wolff.

"I would have enough mileage [for the licence] already but there's no point in doing that just now because it's unrealistic for me to get a race seat yet.

"I've never done a start, I've never done a pit stop and I need more time in the car.

"I'm not going to jump steps, it's got to be done in right way and I've got to prove myself at each step of the way. Teams like Williams won't put a driver in the car if they're not good enough. I just need to show that I am."

However, after a year in Formula 1, the 30-year-old says she feels she has been accepted into the sport.

"I have had to earn the respect of the team and I had to do that good test to show that I was capable and that I deserve the chance," she said.

"I get a lot of support in the team and it's fantastic that Claire [Williams] has been made deputy team principal. All of us are enthusiastic about the future.

"The stereotype will always there. When you hear other people being interviewed about women in motorsport, a lot don't believe it will happen, a lot are against it but if you're in the paddock, I believe you've earned your place there."

Susie Wolff appears in DRIVEN: The Fastest Woman in the World which airs on BBC Two on Sunday April 14, 2013 at 17:30 BST. Wolff also features on a BBC Radio 5 live special on Women in F1 which airs on Monday April 15, 2013 at 21:30 BST.

Susie Stoddart - Wins Special Awards

  • Susie won this by driving her Formula Renault on 30 May at Thruxton with a lap speed of 116.73 mph
  • Susie Stoddart - Winner of the Goodwin Trophy
  • Susie Stoddart - winner of the Monoposto Trophy for the Best Single Seater Driver
  • Wakefield Trophy (for outstanding achievement) to Susie Stoddart
  • Susie Stoddart - Jamieson award for the Highest Lap Speed
  • Susie Stoddart collecting the Embassy Trophy for the BWRDC Champion of the Year


Susie a former world championship karter, races in the Formula Renault Championship. She will return to international motor-racing in 2006 at the wheel of a Comtec Racing World Series by Renault machine as part of her determined quest to enter the world of F1 by 2007. The former Formula Renault driver from Oban in Scotland has not raced in 2005 since her double-header F3 races with ADR at Donington Park back in April, other than a one-off outing in the UK Porsche Cup at Brands Hatch last June. Susie suffered a broken left leg and a fractured left ankle after a fall near her Scottish home in January and had ten pins and two plates inserted into her leg as a result. The injuries caused her acute discomfort during the early part of the year but she says she is now going to be "much stronger both physically and mentally" when she returns in 2006. Stoddart finished fifth overall in the 2004 Formula Renault UK Championship driving then for Jonathan Lewis's Comtec organisation alongside Westley Barber.

Williams F1 Team, Development Driver

DTM, TV Spielfilm Mercedes AMG C-Coupé, Persson Motorsport
Formula One Development Driver with Williams F1 Team

DTM with TV Spielfilm, Persson Motorsport

DTM with TV Spielfilm, Persson Motorsport

DTM with TV Spielfilm, Persson Motorsport

DTM with TV Spielfilm, Persson Motorsport

DTM with TV Spielfilm, Mucke Motorsport

DTM with Autoscout 24, Mücke Motorsport

British F3 International Series with Alan Docking Racing
One-off Porsche Carrera Cup GB VIP invitation drive at Brands Hatch

Comtec Duckhams – British Formula Renault
5th (3 podium finishes)

Formula Renault UK Championship, 9th (one podium finish)
Finalist BRDC Mclaren Autosport young driver of the year Award and selected as BRDC Rising Star

Formula Renault UK Championship with DFR
Formula Renault Winter Series with Motaworld

Formula Renault Winter series with Motaworld

10th British Formula “A” Championship, 15th Formula “A” world Championships and Won award for top female Kart driver in the world

13th British Formula “A” Championship, 34th Formula “A” world Championships and British Woman Kart racing driver of the year

10th British Junior Intercontinental “A” Championship, 11th Federation Cup, European Intercontinental “A” Championships and British Woman Kart Racing Driver of the year

1st 24hr Middle East Kart Championship, Scottish Junior
Intercontinental “A” Champion, Scottish Open Junior, Intercontinental “A” Champion and British Woman Kart Racing Driver of the year

British Woman Kart racing driver of the Year

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