Female driver has big F1 dreams

Susie Wolff hopes to be the first fully-fledged female F1 driver.

Susie Wolff hopes to be the first fully-fledged female F1 driver.

CAPE TOWN - Williams development driver, Susie Wolff says she still harbours aspirations of becoming Formula One's first modern-day female driver.

Wolff had the rare opportunity of getting behind the wheel of the current Williams F1 car at a three-day test at Silverstone last week.

She ended ninth-fastest out of the 16 cars in a field that included defending world champion, Sebastian Vettel.

Speaking exclusively to EWN Sport, Wolff said being out on the track is miles apart from doing the same work in the simulator.

"Obviously it was a fantastic opportunity. I knew it was always going to be a big challenge, so I tried to prepare myself very well, but driving out there on track is something completely different to sitting in the simulator; it was a fantastic experience."

The 30-year-old Wolff hasn't given up hope of making it onto the grid as a fully-fledged driver.

"Formula one is an incredibly tough sport. There are many, many good drivers, young drivers fighting for their chance, so I just need to keep fighting. It was a big step forward to show what I could do on a track on Friday and I think that made it a little easier; but I have no doubt that it's still a big challenge ahead."

Wolff was born on 6 December 1982 in Oban, Scotland and showed an interest in Kart racing from a young age.

She was named the British Women Kart racing driver of the year for the first time in 1996 and secured the title on a number of occasions after that. In 2000, she was named Top Female Kart Driver in the world.

Over the years, Wolff has worked her way through the ranks and was named as a development driver for the Williams Formula One team in 2012.

She currently resides in Switzerland with her husband, Toto Wolff who is the executive director of the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team.