2012 F1 season
Williams has announced Susie Wolff has become one of the team’s development drivers.
Wolff (nee Stoddart) has raced in the DTM since 2006. Her best result is two seventh places scored in 2010.
Team principal Frank Williams said: “Susie is a talented, successful and highly professional racing driver who competes in one of the world’s most fiercely-contested racing series.
“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.”
Wolff said: “I would like to thank Sir Frank for giving me this opportunity both on and off the track. 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.”
Bernie Ecclestone gave his backing to the move, saying: “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.”
Wolff joins Williams’ development driver line-up alongside GP3 champion Valtterri Bottas, who is driving for the team in Friday practice sessions this year.
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