Williams F1 appointed Susie Wolff F1 as development driver; Last week Marussia selected Maria de Villota as a test driver role.
The 29-year-old Scot, who will compete in her seventh DTM season this year, will help the team’s technical development. Susie Wolff is married to Williams shareholder Toto and the conclusion had to be approved by the board, although he recused himself from the process.
“Susie is a talented, successful and highly professional racing driver who competes in one of the world’s most fiercely-contested series,” team principal Sir Frank Williams said.
“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. She will also undertake some aerodynamic testing of the FW34 and a full track test in the coming months, and will attend a number of races with us.”
The Scot is resolute to prove that “women can play a role at the highest levels of motorsport”.
“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,” she said.
“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.”
F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone added: “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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