Susie Wolff aiming for F1 superlicence after FW35 test

2013 F1 season

Susie Wolff, Williams FW35, 2013Susie Wolff says her next objective is to get an F1 superlicence after being entrusted with the first run in the Williams FW35.

Wolff was the first person to drive the team’s new car in a straight-line aerodynamic test at Idiada last week.

She will do further aerodynamic tests in the car as she aims to increase her F1 mileage. “A superlicence is the next thing on the to-do list,” she told media in Barcelona.

Wolff said she will not be participating in Friday practice sessions this year. She is looking to race elsewhere after calling time on her DTM career.

“I stopped DTM because for me I had done seven years in DTM and felt there was nothing left more to achieve there,” she said. “I had tried my best, come to the best point I could, and there was no real way of moving forward there.”

“And when I made that decision it wasn’t consciously because I wanted to do more at Williams, I’d made that decision already in May of last year. It just so happened that I then got the opportunity for a Formula One test in October.

“This went well and I then got asked by Mike [Coughlan] to increase my role in the team and because I didn’t have a race programme like DTM which is quite full-on, I was able to dedicate a lot more of my time to working in the team and that’s what happened.

“It’s been a very natural progression. But my new year’s resolution was to stand on a podium again so I’m not done with racing yet. I think I’ll look into doing some GT races or so, just because I enjoy racing so much.”

But she ruled out an appearance at the Le Mans 24 Hours: “Unfortunately my husband has forbidden me from ever doing Le Mans, so Le Mans is off the programme!

“But, yes, Spa 24 Hours or some of the big highlight races would be really good and challenging to do.”

Toto “not an enemy of the team”

Wolff’s husband Toto left Williams to become the executive director at Mercedes’ Formula One team last month. “It’s not that he’s an enemy of the team any more, he’s still a friend of the team,” said his wife.

“But obviously he has a big job to do at Mercedes. I’m definitely seeing much less of him these days, he must have a lot of work on his plate.

“Of course we’re all competitive people and one hundred percent there’s going to be some instances this year where one is happy on a Sunday night and one is maybe not so happy.

“But there was never any question of my role at Williams coming into doubt, I’m very much a proud member of the team, there was anyway a contract in place and there was never any discussions.”

“We still support each other and maybe just talk a little bit less about Formula One at home,” she added. “I remember when I came back from a day in the factory and he said ‘how was your day?’ And I said… ‘my day was fine’. No need to say any more!”

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78 comments on Susie Wolff aiming for F1 superlicence after FW35 test

  1. BasCB (@bascb) said on 21st February 2013, 13:39

    “I remember when I came back from a day in the factory and he said ‘how was your day?’ And I said… ‘my day was fine’. No need to say any more!”

    – must be a bit awckward that!

    I am sure you did try to find out how much Toto being with Williams did to help Susie get the job, its still a bit of a mystery how the connection came other than through him Keith.

    On the other hand, her being active with the FIA in promoting more females to participate in motorsports might have been part of it as well, sure enough they worked on that with both Monisha Kaltenborn and Maria de Villota last year.

  2. DK (@seijakessen) said on 21st February 2013, 13:58

    Susie Wolff was a glorified DTM backmarker. There’s no way to move forward if you aren’t any good at that. That her husband forbid her from doing Le Mans is sad. Maybe he is afraid Bruno will brake check her on the Mulsanne Straight?

    She only is involved with Williams because of her husband which isn’t really news to anyone. It’d be nice to see her disappear altogether.

    Having women involved in driving F1 cars for the sake of it is pointless. I have no problem with them being involved assuming they have any real talent, none of which Susie has ever exhibited. I’d prefer they’re not there because they have an eye candy factor involved.

  3. MattB (@mattb) said on 21st February 2013, 14:02

    I can see her getting a drive with an F1 team. Sadly, in these days few people get a drive on merit alone; and it is unlikely on merit she would get a drive (on past performance). With many teams, it is the driver who can gain the most sponsorship who gets a drive. Sponsors look for unique selling points on all of their drivers, hence she is likely to gain sponsorship. I just hope that I am proved wrong – either by her getting a place on merit or that she does not get a place at all.

  4. To be honest, I’m pretty cynical about a lot of female drivers, because they are excused too much. I was glad to see Danica Patrick do well when she did, but she was very inconsistent in Indycar and it remains to be seen what she does at the Daytona 500. Suzie Wolff never impressed in DTM, but let’s not forget there have been plenty of male backmarkers in there who did fine in open wheelers. I understand why she would want her superlicence, but since she’s not confirmed as a 3rd driver, I doubt Williams would call upon her when Maldonado or Bottas are not able to drive.

    I’m not too sure about her appeal to sponsors. Look at a driver like Sarah Fischer, she was in Indy before Danica Patrick was and once she started doing well, Sarah was basically forgotten by the media. If Suzie gets a F1 driver (complete speculation, though) I highly doubt brands would want to be the sponsor of a driver who is outpaced or crashes a lot, regardless of gender.

    If Lotus keeps Beitske Visser, who won a lot in karting and in Formula ADAC (including one race where she won despite having a broken back from the day before), she might be one of the first females to make it through to high ranked open wheelers – as long as she keeps winning.

  5. JB (@) said on 21st February 2013, 16:14

    Is it just me or does anybody else think she kind of looks like Resse Witherspoon??

  6. Maciek (@maciek) said on 21st February 2013, 16:41

    Male opinions on a woman’s place in motorsport are truly enlightening. But seriously folks, how about checking those knee-jerk reactions at the door, eh? Look, say, hypothetically speaking, if Monisha Kaltenborn’s husband were a middling driver in some series and announced he was striving for a superlicense we’d laugh it off, probably, but it would pretty much end there, right? The discussion would stop at ability and nepotism. Why the need to go off on what you think about one gender’s place in the sport vs another’s? If we claim to only want to think in categories of ability, then how about we stick to that?

    • +145323. Some of the comments on here have been rather irritating.

    • I Love the Pope said on 21st February 2013, 17:19

      And if some of us think differently? Is it a crime to look at the world differently than you?

      • Maciek (@maciek) said on 21st February 2013, 20:10

        I don’t really understand your comment. Where do you get this ‘crime’ thing? …and ‘differently’ in what way?

        • I love the Pope said on 22nd February 2013, 1:18

          Some of us don’t really see the point of women racing…or boxing and wrestling for that matter.

          • BasCB (@bascb) said on 22nd February 2013, 8:11

            Then again, many don’t see the point of men doing these things either, that’s ok, as essentially there is not that much “point” to doing a sport anyway.

            But what is the difference between thinking there’s not “much point” in women doing these sports, and them rather not doing football, tennis, sailing, tae-kwon-do etc either? Shouldn’t that be the choice of the person involved. If they want to do a sport, why bar them from doing so (not as a family member that is, but in general).

          • I Love the Pope said on 22nd February 2013, 13:02

            We don’t ascribe to the notion that just because something can be done, it ought to be.

  7. James (@jaymz) said on 21st February 2013, 18:11

    “But she ruled out an appearance at the Le Mans 24 Hours: “Unfortunately my husband has forbidden me from ever doing Le Mans, so Le Mans is off the programme!”

    I’m sure it was said in jest. A mix between Scottish and German humour!

  8. cshrk (@cshrk) said on 21st February 2013, 23:11

    “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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