SPECIAL TO AMFM MAGAZINE – BY CRIS DEWITT
“From the age of eight I was racing against F1 drivers such as Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg, Robert Kubica and Kimi Raikkonen. Every driver starts in karting and moves up the ladder with the ultimate goal always being F1. – Susie Wolff”
Susie Wolff sees no F1 driver gender, only performance on the track
The only female driver in F1 sees no glass ceiling – “it’s all about performance”, says Susie Wolff. The gender question is posed to her by way too many journalists, and she quickly explained that performance is the ultimate metric.
Wolff, the first female driver in two decades, is a Development Driver for Williams Martini Racing and while she says the World Championship isn’t a realistic goal for now, something tells me she’s passionate and methodical enough to get there. In 2014 Wolff will compete in two free practice sessions behind the wheel of the FW36 during two Formula 1 Grand Prixs
Driving since the early age of 8, Wolff had her first Friday session at Silverstone earlier this year. When asked about track elements she preferred, it was high-speed straights and curves. I mentioned the elevation of Turn 1 at Circuit of The Americas, but she quickly returned to the Silverstone layout.
Wolff speaks of her loyalty to the Williams Martini team, stating that she wouldn’t be there if she couldn’t perform. I believe her – something about the clarity of her speech and the gleam in her eye made me trust she has great things to accomplish and bring to Formula 1.
I’ll be anticipating her progress as I expect many other drivers on the grid will be.