A British racing driver will become the first woman in more than two decades to take part in a Formula One event this summer.
Susie Wolff, from Oban, Argyll and Bute, will drive in two practice sessions for Williams before the British and German Grands Prix. She will be the first female driver to take part in an official F1 event since the Italian Giovanna Amati, who failed to qualify for the Brazilian Grand Prix in 1992.
Wolff, 31, joined Williams as a development driver in 2012 after seven years in the German Touring Car championship, and has tested the team’s F1 cars at Silverstone. The Scot, who began go-karting aged eight and competed against future stars including Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg, Robert Kubica and Kimi Raikkonen, hopes to become the first British woman to compete in an F1 Grand Prix.
She said: “The plan just now is for the British Grand Prix and the German Grand Prix. I said the minute I joined Williams that I didn’t want to run before I could walk; for me it’s about doing a good job each step of the way.” Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas are the main drivers for Williams and Felipe Nasr is the official test and reserve driver, meaning Wolff is unlikely to compete in a Grand Prix this season, but the test will be seen as a key part of her development…. see more