In Conversation With: Williams F1 Driver Susie Wolff

Team Williams' development driver discusses life in the fast lane

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Susie Wolff has quietly become one of the most recognisable women in motorsport.

Having joined the Williams F1 team as development driver in 2012, next month she will become the first woman to take part in a grand prix weekend for 22 years when she drives first practice in The British Grand Prix at Silverstone on 4 July and again at Hockenheim on 18 July.

The 31-year-old Scot has steadily climbed the ranks of one of the toughest sports to make it to the top.

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"She has demonstrated a natural talent for developing a car and providing strong feedback," said Pat Symonds, Chief Technical Officer of Williams Martini Racing, " and these sort of characteristics will be key this season as the teams seek to quickly understand and refine the radically overhauled 2014 cars."

While she's taking it one step at a time herself, Wolff thinks that it won’t be too long before a woman drives in an F1 Grand Prix.

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"My personal opinion is yes it will," she told the BBC. "The way the sport is going - the cars are less physical.

"It's still going to be tough to get in but it's tough for a man or a woman because there are such limited spaces. But I think it will happen."

Esquire caught up with her in Monaco to grab her thoughts on the season ahead. Watch the video below:

 


 

 

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