Williams Formula 1 test driver Susie Wolff is to retire from motorsport at the end of the season.
Wolff became the first woman in 20 years to take part in a grand prix weekend when she drove in British Grand Prix first practice last year. The Scot joined Williams as development driver in April 2012 and was promoted to the role of test driver for this season.
During her four years with the team, Wolff has taken part in four FP1 sessions as well as a number of test days. Susie Wolff:
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“I am now closing this chapter but looking forward to new challenges in the future,” said Wolff, who spent seven years racing in the DTM for Mercedes before switching focus to F1.
“I’d like to thank Williams for the opportunity they have given me over the last few years which has allowed me to achieve my dream of driving a Formula 1 car. “It has been great to work with everyone at the team, both at Grove and trackside, and I’d like to thank everyone who has been part of my journey at Williams.”
Wolff will make her final appearance as a racing driver in the Race of Champions, which takes place in London’s Olympic Stadium on 20-21 November. Williams deputy team principal Claire Williams added: “It has been a pleasure to work with Susie over the years and see her develop as a driver within the team.
“Her feedback and knowledge of the car has been an important part our recent development and we will be sorry to see her go.
“We want to thank her for all her efforts and wish her the very best for her future endeavours.
“We will of course be supporting both Susie and Felipe [Massa] at the Race of Champions, and hope Susie has a great weekend to mark the last time we see her race.”
SUSIE WOLFF’S CAREER
2002 – 18th in Formula Renault UK (best finish, 10th)
2003 – 9th in Formula Renault UK (best finish, 3rd)
2004 – 5th in Formula Renault UK (best finish, 2nd)
2005 – Two starts in British F3, two starts in Porsche Carrera Cup GB
2006 – DTM, Mercedes (best finish, 10th)
2007 – DTM, Mercedes (best finish, 10th)
2008 – DTM, Mercedes (best finish, 10th)
2009 – DTM, Mercedes (best finish, 10th)
2010 – 13th in DTM, Mercedes (best finish, 7th)
2011 – DTM, Mercedes (best finish 11th)
2012 – DTM, Mercedes (best finish, 12th), Williams F1 development driver
2013 – One day of F1 testing with Williams
2014 – Two GP FP1 appearances and one test day with Williams
2015 – Two GP FP1 appearances and two test days with Williams