Susie Wolff becomes Williams development driver
11 April 2012 – Susie Wolff, formerly Susie Stoddart and now married to Williams co-owner Toto Wolff, has been announced as development driver for the Grove-based team. The Scot, who contests her seventh season of DTM in 2012, previously graduated through the ranks of British single-seater series and was nominated Young Driver of the Year.
“I would like to thank Sir Frank (Williams, Team Principal) for giving me this opportunity both on and off the track,” says the 29-year-old from Oban. “I must also thank Mercedes Benz AMG and HWA for supporting me to take up this new experience with Williams.
“Formula 1 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.”
The driver selection decision has been explained by Frank Williams.
“(Susie) will assist us with the development of our simulator and other technical challenges,” he comments. “Susie will also undertake some aerodynamic testing of the FW34, a full track test in the coming months and 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.”
Wolff’s F1 arrival has also been welcomed by FOM head Bernie Ecclestone:
“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 1.”
Stoddart married Toto Wolff in October of last year.