F1 » Williams retain Susie Wolff as development driver

Susie Wolff to remain with Williams in 2013, gets 'expanded role'

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January 28, 2013 8:07 PM

Urgh, am I the only one finding statements like: "I'm showing that women can play a role at the top level of motorsport" somewhat ridiculous?

I mean, there are third world problems,
there are second world problems,
there are first world problems,
and then there are Susie Wolff's zero world problems.

JDPower - Unregistered

January 28, 2013 11:27 PM

She's not showing women can play a role at the top level of motorsport (though whether development driver is top level is questionable in itself), she's showing money and contacts can play a role at the top level of motorsport! :rolleyes:

David Chaste - Unregistered

January 29, 2013 2:55 AM

Toto Wolff keeping his stake in the team is probably what keeps her in the seat, and as well as Valterri Bottas too.

The best way to prove the effectiveness of a management company is to have drivers in the upper echelon of the sport.

Given that both drivers are clients of Toto Wolff and Mika Hikkinen's management company, it's a small price to pay for increased business.

It's possible she might actually drive the car in a Friday practice session this year.

Yak - Unregistered

January 29, 2013 4:12 AM

I don't think anyone now would really claim that women couldn't handle F1. The problem is just a matter of numbers. There are too few interested. When you consider how many men are trying to work their way up the ranks to F1, and how many of them are genuinely talented... and compare that to how many women are in racing at all, let alone aiming for F1.

You only need to look at F1 now. More drivers than there are seats available. Talented guys acting as third driver, or test driver whatever they can get, or just stuck in Jr categories without a seat to move up to.

Memph - Unregistered

January 30, 2013 11:53 AM

The 30-year-old said: "I'm showing that women can play a role at the top level of motorsport" I assume she means by marrying the dude in charge of the team. This is a driver in her 30s who usually finished last in every DTM race she started. Not the usual track record for an F1 driver.

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