Susie Wolff joins Williams as development driver 11 Apr 2012
Williams have signed Susie Wolff (nee Stoddart) as a development driver. As well as sampling the teams FW34, Wolff will attend several 2012 Grands Prix while also contesting her seventh season of DTM.
Susie is a talented, successful and highly professional racing driver who competes in one of the worlds most fiercely-contested racing series, explained team principal Frank Williams. 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.
Born in Scotland, Wolff began karting as a young girl before moving into single-seaters in 2011 with a drive in the Formula Renault series. Twice nominated for the prestigious Young Driver of the Year Award, she also enjoyed a spell in the British Formula Three championship before joining Germany's DTM touring car series in 2006.
I would like to thank Sir Frank for giving me this opportunity both on and off the track, she explained. 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, CEO of the Formula One group, added: If Susie is as quick in a car as she looks good 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.
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