F1 » Wolff gets Williams run

The Williams F1 team honoured its promise to give development driver Susie Wolff a run in one of its cars, by fielding her alongside race regulars Bruno Senna and Pastor Maldonado in a sponsor event at Silverstone.

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Keep Her Lit - Unregistered

October 17, 2012 7:08 PM

Sooner or later there will be a breakthrough woman driving in F1 . We had Lella Lombardi in bygone decades and a few token drives by females that amounted to not much . It would stir up F1 tremendously to have a competitive female F1 driver do a full season and score some points. Some good prospects in the lower formulae at the moment.


October 17, 2012 7:22 PM

keeper. the operative word is "competitive".

i am all for having a female in f1, but susie is not that woman. she is the wife of one of the owners, and that is the only reason she is getting a run in a williams. have you seen her in dtm, in her pink merc?
she trundles around at the back.

EffOne - Unregistered

October 17, 2012 8:24 PM

It's a numbers thing. You get 10,000 young boys wanting to be an F1 driver and only 20 make it, that's 0.2%, you might get 1000 girls want to be an F1 driver so you might think 2 will make it. But you have to remember the 2 (or even 20) that have the talent and might make it might never have been in the 1000 to begin with. To get a women in F1 I think you will need to see a lot more in junior classes than we do now, at least a third (minimum) of a grids worth in GP3 with the best making the move to GP2. Then who knows.

sodesu - Unregistered

October 17, 2012 9:03 PM

I think you're spot on there EffOne.

And I have to say, upon reading this I think this is probably the reason they brought her in in the first place, to do sponsor runs. She's a handy driver if not WDC material, certainly quick enough to impress the sponsors, and she's way more outgoing and charismatic than either Maldonado or Bottas. Her and Bruno really form a dream lineup for a sponsor event if you think about it, don't they?

Kevin - Unregistered

October 17, 2012 9:03 PM
Last Edited 1209 days ago

@Effone has it spot on. Add to that the difficulty of getting girls into karting to start the ball rolling. It will take a woman of exceptional Schumacher level talentto break the female barrier.

Edit by CRASH.NET! Imappropriate comments removed.

pc - Unregistered

October 17, 2012 9:05 PM

When her appointment was first announced a while back ,I deliberately went out my way to check out some of her races to give myself real facts with which to form my opinion.
You Richard, are absolutely bang on the nail with your post - it was absolutely cringeworthy embarrassing to watch.
Personally I think this sort of contrived Politically Correct crowbarring of a female into a situation purely on her gender is very damaging to all other females attempting to do it on merit alone -and I think they should be publically decrying it too ,as it unfortunately smears them with the same Positive Discrimination odour as well

lalli - Unregistered

October 17, 2012 10:26 PM

I would have nothing against a female racer in f1 but I don't think it will be Susie. She's their development driver, not their test driver and when do you see development drivers being given race seats. I hate to say it but if she wasn't married to the Williams guy would she even be the development driver? We probably wouldn't of heard of her, just like the thousands of other racers.
EffOne is right, and there are so many young drivers in gp2, gp3, WSR ect. but how many actually make it to f1? A small minority who stand out from the rest because they have a huge amount of potential and talent.

Kevin - Unregistered

October 17, 2012 11:34 PM

Not sure what the edit was about, the comment was not inappropriate, it was factual, based on commentary in the racing press on the difficulties and challenges women face breaking into motorsport. The playing field is not level, and is heavily weighted by influences that have nothing to do with driver skill or performance. Get over yourself already.

jose - Unregistered

October 18, 2012 2:47 AM

I'll put up the coins guy, anything has to better than this proof
reader, editor, no sense of humor, read and delete, junkie.
A supreme case of Nothingness..Methinks Taipan was correct.
why bother.


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