Williams confirms Susie Wolff is retiring from racing
Earlier today, team Williams confirmed that their official test driver Susie Wolff will retire from motorsport at the end of 2015 season. Her last racing event will be Race of Champions at London’s former Olympic Stadium on November 20-21.
Susie Wollf was appointed Development Driver for Williams in April 2012. After working closely with the team for over three years, she was promoted to Official Test Driver in 2015. She palyed a big role in the development of the FW35, FW36 and FW37 through extensive simulator work alongside getting behind the wheel for straight line aerodynamic tests and during numerous test days. This culminated in her driving the FW36 during FP1 at the 2014 British and German Grands Prix, becoming the first female driver to drive in a Grand Prix weekend in two decades.
Speaking on her recent news Susie said: “I’d like to thank Williams for the opportunity they have given me over the last few years which has allowed me to achieve my dream of driving a Formula 1 car. It has been great to work with everyone at the team, both at Grove and trackside, and I’d like to thank everyone who has been part of my journey at Williams. I am now closing this chapter but looking forward to new challenges in the future.”
Claire Williams, Deputy Team Principal commented: “It has been a pleasure to work with Susie over the years and see her develop as a driver within the team. Her feedback and knowledge of the car has been an important part our recent development and we will be sorry to see her go. We want to thank her for all her efforts and wish her the very best for her future endeavours. We will of course be supporting both Susie and Felipe at the Race of Champions, and hope Susie has a great weekend to mark the last time we see her race.”
Susie Wolff, who will be 33 in December, recorded seven seasons in DTM from 2006 to 2012 before she was hired by Williams. Before DTM, she competed in British Formula 3, Porsche Carrera Cup GB and Formula Renault 2.0 UK but she was most successful in BWRDC Monoposto Trophy with three consecutive titles from 2002 to 2004.
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