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First Lady of F1 retires

First Lady of F1 retires

Susie Wolff to retire from F1 at the end of the season.

Formula 1’s leading female driver, Susie Wolff, has confirmed she will retire from competitive motorsport at the end of the 2015 season.

Susie Wolff has worked as Williams’ Development Driver for the last four seasons, participating in free practice sessions and working in the team’s simulator.

Wolff became the first woman in more than two decades to take part in an official Formula 1 race weekend when she took part in opening practice ahead of the 2014 British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

Much of Wolff’s early career was spent in the DTM, Germany’s equivalent of V8 Supercars, where she raced for Mercedes.

In her six years in the series her best result was two seventh places while during her final year in the category in 2012 split her time with Williams, where she had become its development driver.

“It was an incredible journey with many ups and downs,” Wolff said.

“I feel like I’m a privileged to have turned my passion in my profession.

“At 13, the dream and the goal became Formula 1. I got oh so close.”

A back injury for the Williams’ regular driver Valtteri Bottas during qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix gave Wolff hope of a Formula One debut.

However the team swiftly signed ex-Force India and Sauber driver Adrian Sutil, making it clear he would be the team’s preferred replacement.

“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,” Wolff admitted.

“My gut feeling tells me it is time to move on.

“As a sportsperson it is always difficult to know when to stop but for me, this journey has come to an end.”

Wolff’s final race will be at the Race of Champions, where, together with former Formula 1 race winner David Coulthard, she will represent Scotland.

In other motorsport news; Renault buy-out imminent for Lotus F1 and V8 Supercars ITM 500 2015 preview.

Formula 1 content courtesy of Velocity Magazine, Australia’s leading motorsport monthly – vmag.com.au

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Mat is a contributor and looks after the motorsport content for the website. Based in Sydney but widely travelled, Mat Coch began reporting on Formula One in the mid-2000s. In the last decade he has contributed to websites and magazines globally and in 2014 he founded Velocity, Australia’s only monthly motorsport magazine. Passionate about motorsport, Mat is an expert on Formula One.
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