Susie Wolff

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Susie Wolff
Susie Wolff Cropped.jpg
Wolff in 2012
Nationality  British
Born (1982-12-06) 6 December 1982 (age 31)
Oban, Scotland
Related to Toto Wolff (husband)
2014 DTM
Debut season 2006
Current team Persson Motorsport
Car no. 24
Starts 73
Wins 0
Poles 0
Fastest laps 0
Best finish 13th in 2010
Previous series
2005
2002–2004
British F3
British Formula Renault
Wolff (white) battling with Maro Engel, Ralf Schumacher and Katherine Legge at Hockenheim
Wolff in 2007
Wolff driving the Williams Renault at the Young Drivers' Test at Silverstone on 19 July 2013. She posted the 9th fastest time of the day, 1m35.093s, after completing 89 laps.

Susie Wolff (née Stoddart; born 6 December 1982 in Oban) is a Scottish racing driver. She has progressed through the ranks of motorsport, starting off in karting, then moving up to Formula Renault and Formula Three before moving to the DTM to compete for Mercedes-Benz. In 2012, she was signed by the Williams Formula One team to work as a development driver.[1]

She lives in Ermatingen, Switzerland with her husband Toto Wolff, executive director of the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team since 21 January 2013.[2] The two were married in October 2011.[3]

Career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Wolff began karting from an early age, and in 1996 she was named the British Woman Kart Racing Driver of the year. In 1997, she competed in a number of different karting categories and came out on top in a number of them. She was first in the 24hr Middle East Kart Championship, champion in both the Scottish Junior Intercontinental "A" and the Scottish Open Junior Intercontinental "A" categories and was again named British Woman Kart Racing Driver of the year.[4] In 1998 she moved up to the British Junior Intercontinental "A" Championship and was placed 10th overall in her first season in the class. She also competed in the Federation Cup European Intercontinental "A" Championship and she was placed 11th overall.[citation needed] For the third year in a row, she was named British Woman Kart Racing Driver of the year.[4]

In 1999, she competed in the British Formula "A" Championship and was placed 13th overall. She also achieved 34th overall in the Formula "A" World Championships and again was named British Woman Kart racing driver of the year. The year 2000 saw Wolff improve on her previous performance in the British Formula "A" Championship where she came 10th overall this time around and she also improved on her previous performance in the Formula "A" World Championships where she was placed 15th overall. She also won an award which named her as the Top Female Kart Driver in the world.[5]

Formula Renault (2001–04)[edit]

In 2001 Wolff made the step up from kart racing to single-seater racing. Her first experience was in the 2001 Formula Renault Winter Series, in which she raced for the Motaworld Racing team. The following year she made her debut in the full Formula Renault UK Championship for DFR Racing, and again competed for Motaworld in the Formula Renault Winter Series. In 2003, she again competed in the Formula Renault UK Championship where she finished 9th overall and made her first podium finish this season as well. She achieved recognition for her efforts this year as she was selected as one of the finalists in the prestigious BRDC McLaren Autosport Young Driver of the Year Award and was selected as the BRDC Rising Star of the Year.

In 2004 she competed in her third season in the Formula Renault UK Championship, this time racing for the Comtec Racing team and she finished 5th overall in the championship with 3 podium finishes during the year.[6]

Formula Three (2005)[edit]

For 2005, Wolff made the step up to the British Formula Three Championship to race for the Alan Docking Racing team in the Championship Class, but her season was disrupted by an ankle injury sustained during the winter. She also made a one-off appearance in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Brands Hatch in June.[6]

DTM (2006–12)[edit]

In 2006 Wolff made the step up to compete in the DTM, the German Touring Car series, one of the biggest Touring Car championships in the world. She drove a 2004-spec Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe for the Mücke Motorsport team and was team-mates with Stefan Mücke and Daniel La Rosa. In her debut season she achieved a best finish of 9th overall in the final round of the season at the Hockenheimring.

In 2007 Wolff remained in the DTM series, driving a 2005-spec Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe for the Mücke Motorsport team and was team-mates with Mathias Lauda and Daniel La Rosa. Her best finish was at Mugello in Italy, where she finished in 10th place.

In the 2008 season Wolff moved up to a 2007-spec car, and joined Persson Motorsport, where she drove alongside Mathias Lauda and Gary Paffett. Wolff's best performance of the year was at the Norisring in June, where she finished in 10th position.

In the 2009 DTM season Wolff remained with Persson Motorsport in a 2008-spec car, alongside her team-mate Jamie Green. In the first race of the season at the Hockenheimring, Wolff had to retire after 24 laps because of damage caused by a first-lap accident with Gary Paffett.[7]

Formula One[edit]

Williams (2012–present)[edit]

On 11 April 2012 Wolff was named as a development driver for the Williams Formula One team of which, at the time, her future husband Toto Wolff was already a shareholder.[1][8] In 2014, Wolff will become the first woman to participate in a Formula One weekend since 1992 (Giovanna Amati, who made three unsuccessful F1 attempts) after she was named to drive in two Friday practice sessions during the season.

Race of Champions[edit]

The Race Of Champions was planned to feature a female driver for the first time in its history as Susie Wolff had signed up for ROC 2013, to be held at Bangkok's Rajamangala Stadium on December 14–15. The news was warmly welcomed by Michèle Mouton, the world's most successful female rally driver, who created the Race Of Champions with ROC President Fredrik Johnsson.[9]

However, in early December 2013 the event was cancelled due to the political situation in Bangkok.[10]

Racing record[edit]

Complete Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Pos Points
2006 Mücke Motorsport AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 2004 HOC
10
LAU
15
OSC
15
BRH
16
NOR
14†
NÜR
Ret
ZAN
12
CAT
15
BUG
13
HOC
9
17th 0
2007 Mücke Motorsport AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 2006 HOC
Ret
OSC
16
LAU
12
BRH
16
NOR
16
MUG
10
ZAN
17
NÜR
18
CAT
Ret
HOC
14
20th 0
2008 Persson Motorsport AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 2007 HOC
16
OSC
14
MUG
15
LAU
17†
NOR
10
ZAN
15
NÜR
12
BRH
19
CAT
Ret
BUG
12
HOC
Ret
18th 0
2009 Persson Motorsport AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 2008 HOC
Ret
LAU
11
NOR
10
ZAN
11
OSC
10
NÜR
11
BRH
13
CAT
15
DIJ
14
HOC
16†
16th 0
2010 Persson Motorsport AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 2008 HOC
11
VAL
10
LAU
7
NOR
15
NÜR
Ret
ZAN
15
BRH
Ret
OSC
10
HOC
7
ADR
14
SHA
11
13th 4
2011 Persson Motorsport AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 2008 HOC
12
ZAN
12
SPL
13
LAU
DNS
NOR
13
NÜR
14
BRH
14
OSC
Ret
VAL
11
HOC
15
NC 0
2012 Persson Motorsport AMG Mercedes C-Coupé HOC
12
LAU
21
BRH
20†
SPL
14
NOR
Ret
NÜR
17
ZAN
12
OSC
Ret
VAL
13
HOC
13
NC 0
  • † — Retired, but was classified as she completed 90 per cent of the winner's race distance.

Awards[edit]

On 8 October 2013 Wolff was awarded an Honorary Fellowship at the University of Edinbugh "in recognition of her role as an ambassador for women in sport."[11] She had interrupted her studies at Edinburgh's Business School in 2001 in order to turn professional.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Elizalde, Pablo (11 April 2012). "Susie Wolff joins Williams as development driver". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 11 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "Wolff joins Mercedes and invests in F1 team". ESPNF1. Retrieved 21 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Susie Stoddart and Toto Wolff married". Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (ITR e.V.). 17 October 2011. Retrieved 21 October 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Susie Wolff: Profile". espn.co.uk. Retrieved 16 April 2013. 
  5. ^ "About Susie". Susie Stoddart. 22 May 2009. Retrieved 22 May 2009. 
  6. ^ a b "About Susie". Susie Stoddart. 22 May 2009. Retrieved 22 May 2009. 
  7. ^ "DTM Hockenheim – Analysis part 2". dtm.com (Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters). 19 May 2009. Retrieved 22 May 2009. 
  8. ^ "Susie Wolff joins Williams as development driver". Formula1.com (Formula One Administration). 11 April 2012. Retrieved 12 April 2012. 
  9. ^ "Susie Wolff to team up with David Coulthard at ROC 2013". Race of Champions. Retrieved 24 November 2013. 
  10. ^ Race Of Champions - News Story - Race Of Champions 2013 Update
  11. ^ Programme notes at the Celebration of Achievement ceremony at McEwan Hall, Edinburgh on 8 October 2013
  12. ^ A celebration of achievement | News archive |

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