Williams Martini Racing reserve and development driver Susie Wolff is to retire from motorsport, it has been confirmed.
Joining Williams in 2012 as a development driver, Wolff – wife of Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff - has spent four seasons with the Grove-based squad, her role expanding for 2015 when she was promoted to official test driver.
Becoming the first woman to participate on a grand prix weekend for two decades when she drove the Williams FW36 in the 2014 British Grand Prix FP1 session, Wolff went on to compete in four FP1 sessions, as well as enjoy several test outings.
However, with the Scot previously admitting that she was unsure what her future held, particularly if her role with Williams didn't lead to a full-time race seat in F1, she feels the time has come to pursue new projects.
“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. I am now closing this chapter but looking forward to new challenges in the future.”
Set to make her last competitive appearance in the Race of Champions later this month, Wolff's 'feedback and knowledge' was praised by Williams deputy team principal Claire Williams.
“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 at the Race of Champions, and hope Susie has a great weekend to mark the last time we see her race.”
Prior to her stint in F1, Wolff turned heads with an overall top five finish in the 2004 Formula Renault UK series in a field that included Paul di Resta, Mike Conway and Oliver Jarvis, before going on to race in the DTM from 2006 for seven years.