Susie Wolff, the test driver for Williams for several years, has announced her retirement and with her, chances of a female racing in the F1 have also died or become cold for at least a couple of years to say the best! Susie Wolff has taken the retirement from all forms of motorsports after a glorious career of more than 10 years in the major form of the sports.
Susie Wolff, born in Scotland created a major stir in the Formula One world when she drove the Williams F1 car in the 2014 season during the free practice sessions of the British and German GP. By doing so, she became the first female race driver to drive an F1 car in a grand prix weekend in over two decades, a major highlight in her career.
But it's not that the 32 year old driver gained the success overnight! She worked her way up to gain the much acclaim and fame, and became a prominent face for the female drivers on the F1 track. Susie raced at the formula racing in different leagues before she switched to the DTM series. She then raced for the team Mercedes in the German touring series for seven years.
Susie then married Toto Wolff, then director of the Williams operations and signed as the development driver for the British based outfit. While Toto moved to Mercedes, Susie decided to continue with Williams, and was promoted to the team's chief test driver this year. All this, and the talks of the all-female F1 championship, made her role even more important.
She, along with Carmen Jorda, Lotus F1 test driver and Simona de Silvestro, the Formula E driver were the only three female names in the male dominated highest form of motorsports. After Bernie's call for making the F1 more interesting, suggestions flew in to bring an all-female F1 sports reality. And these three were touted as the role models for the other aspiring female race drivers.
It will be interesting to see if the remaining two drivers get a shot at the F1 race driver at any GP. For now, the best hope for a female F1 driver has gone. Our wishes for Susie Wolff for her future endeavors. Hope she will keep inspiring the budding female race drivers and help them achieve a seat in any of the F1 team in the near future!