"My last race for Mercedes-Benz AMG in the DTM."
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Winner of Special
Susie Wolff completed her first F1 test at
Silverstone in October 2012.
Girl Racer: Formula One's new star Vogue,
FROM Oban, Scotland
UNSINGLE: Married to Toto Wolff
Maiden name: Susie Stoddart
TRAINERS Erwin Reiterer & Andreas
HOBBIES Karting, cycling, skiing,
watersports & reading
LIKES Fashion (particularly handbags!),
Paulo Coelho books, travelling, Thai food,
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 Buttons 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
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 shes 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
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
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
Formula One Development Driver with Williams F1
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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. Thats what I really
want to do. But I dont 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
DTMs 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
shell 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
worlds 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
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
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 its 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.
Its 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
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 Silverstones International Circuit,
the first on the full wet tyre in damp conditions
and the second on the dry tyre.
Up to now Susies role as Development
Driver has seen her work in the teams
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 todays run, Susie said: "It
was incredible to experience a Formula One car for
the first time. Ive 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
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. Its 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 Garys 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
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
"Susie will also attend a number of races with
Wolff made clear that F1 is a huge step up from
the driving championships she is used to competing
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
"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
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
Only five women have entered F1 races in the
past, the most prolific being Italian Lella
Lombardi, who started 12 grand prixs in the
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
"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
Wolff is married to Toto Wolff, a director of
Williams, who recused himself from the board when
decisions surrounding her appointment were
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 worlds 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
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
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
Source: Press release
Rebecca Hobbs interview
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
Earlier this year I wrote up my interview with
Susie Stoddart for Racerchicks.com, 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
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
"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
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
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
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
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!
Wolff targets place in young driver test with
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
The Scot drove an F1 car for the first time last
October and was the first person to test this
"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
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
"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
- 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
- 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
Williams F1 Team, Development Driver
DTM, TV Spielfilm Mercedes AMG C-Coupé,
Formula One Development Driver with Williams F1
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
British F3 International Series with Alan
One-off Porsche Carrera Cup GB VIP invitation drive
at Brands Hatch
Comtec Duckhams British Formula
5th (3 podium finishes)
Formula Renault UK Championship, 9th (one
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
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,
Intercontinental A Champion, Scottish
Open Junior, Intercontinental A
Champion and British Woman Kart Racing Driver of
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British Woman Kart racing driver of the
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