Connect with us

2015 F1

Susie Wolff says F1 dream ‘not going to happen’

Published

on

Susie Wolff says F1 dream 'not going to happen'

Susie Wolff says F1 dream ‘not going to happen’

Susie Wolff has admitted realising her dream of racing in formula one “isn’t going to happen”.

The 32-year-old from Scotland, who has been a test driver for Williams since 2012, announced on Wednesday her decision to quit motor racing.

She had been pushing to become the first woman in decades to race in F1, but earlier in 2015 was overlooked by Williams as the British team appointed a new official reserve driver.

“At 13, the dream and the goal became formula one,” Wolff, whose husband is the Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff, wrote in a blog at the Huffington Post.

“I wanted and fought very hard to make it onto that starting grid but the events at the start of this year and the current environment in F1 the way it is, it isn’t going to happen,” she said.

“My gut feeling tells me it is time to move on. Time to explore new challenges and push myself in new environments. As a sportsperson it is always difficult to know when to stop but for me, this journey has come to an end,” Wolff added.

Wolff explained that although it will not be her, she thinks a woman will eventually race again in F1, ending the currently 23-year wait since Giovanna Amati attempted to qualify for grands prix in 1992.

“Do I think F1 is ready for a competitive female racing driver that can perform at the highest level? Yes,” she said.

“Do I think it is achievable as a woman? Most definitely. Do I think it will happen soon? Sadly no.”

She said the biggest problems are that not enough girls are karting, and that they are lacking a “clear role model”.

“These issues I want to address,” said Wolff. “I want to give something back and help the next generation. I dared to be different, I want to inspire others to do the same.”

Loading...

Comments

Latest Results




Latest F1 News

2019 F12 hours ago

Overtaking still very hard in 2019 – Verstappen

Max Verstappen has joined those who don’t think the 2019 rule changes have made overtaking easier. Lewis Hamilton said in...

2019 F12 hours ago

‘Finally I have a race car’ – Stroll

Lance Stroll is delighted to once again have “a race car”. The 2016 European F3 champion made his F1 debut...

2019 F12 hours ago

Haas drivers slam new point for fastest lap rule

Haas’ two F1 drivers have slammed the new ‘point for fastest lap’ rule in F1. But Ross Brawn, Liberty Media’s...

2019 F12 hours ago

Hamilton bored behind Bottas in Melbourne – Vettel

Lewis Hamilton says it’s “great” to discover after the Australian grand prix that his car was damaged. Despite starting from...

2019 F14 hours ago

Bottas can be world champion in 2019 – Rosberg

Nico Rosberg thinks Valtteri Bottas can keep charging towards the world championship in 2019. Written off after his bad 2018...

2019 F14 hours ago

Honda to be a force in 2019 – Hakkinen

Red Bull-Honda looks set to be a “force” in formula one. That is the view of former two-time world champion...

2019 F11 day ago

Mercedes not opposed to budget cap – Wolff

Mercedes is not opposed to the introduction of a budget cap in formula one. Earlier, based on an interview in...

2019 F11 day ago

There is more to come – Helmut Marko

Honda is promising more power, and Red Bull is determined to improve its chassis after the new works pairing impressed...

2019 F11 day ago

Overtaking no easier in 2019 – Grosjean

Overtaking has not become easier with the new-for-2019 front wing designs. In a bid to help drivers to follow and...

2019 F11 day ago

Former Bottas sponsor not responding to Bottas comments

Valtteri Bottas’ former long-time sponsor is not commenting on whether he thinks the Mercedes’ driver’s comments were specifically addressed to...




Most Popular

ThisisF1.com is not affiliated with Formula 1, Formula One Management, Formula One Administration, Formula One Licensing BV, Formula One World Championship Ltd or any other organization or entity associated with the official Formula One governing organizations or their shareholders. Copyrighted material used under Fair Use/Fair Comment.

References
We could use the following leading F1 news sources for stories: SkyF1, BBC F1, Autosport, ESPN F1, FIA Media Center, MotorSport, JamesAllen and others leading authors blog.

All Rights Reserved © 2017 Prime Sport Media