Susie Wolff joins F1 team Williams as developmental driver

by Carrie Dunn // 12 April 2012, 11:28

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Congratulations to Susie Wolff, just appointed as a developmental driver for F1 team Williams.

She's been karting since she was a child, and since 2006 (under her maiden name of Susie Stoddart) has been competing in DTM, the German touring car championship.

She's been quoted by Autosport as saying: "Formula 1 is the ultimate challenge for any racing driver and it offers me the chance both to apply and to improve the skills I have developed racing in DTM. In return I shall be offering some of my own technical insight and experience - coming from a different discipline - and helping the team engage with its partners.

"I hope also to demonstrate that women can play a role at the highest levels of motorsport and I shall be working closely with the team on its social responsibility programme in the areas of education and road safety.

No congratulations at all to the ever-tiresome F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone, who welcomed Wolff to his little dominion with the words: "If Susie is as quick in a car as she looks good out of a car then she will be a massive asset to any team and on top of that she is very intelligent." (Parse that lovely little sentence in your own time - hours of feminist fun.)

Picture from Wikimedia, user AngMoKio

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IronFly // Posted 12 April 2012 at 14:09

You're gonna hate me for saying this but...

OK firstly congrats to Susie. I dreamed of the day a woman would get that far into F1 and it's nice to see progress. Clearly you don't get that far without incredible amounts of dedication and hard work.

Secondly Bernie is a bit of an idiot sometimes. I'll grant him that.

However, I've seen Susie pose in her underwear somewhere before, not sure why, maybe to promote herself or her fan club.

Yes Bernie made a cheeky passing comment about her looks, but I am certain she isn't the sort of woman to be phased by it otherwise she wouldn't have posed semi-nude in the first place. Don't take too much offense on her behalf.

Don't get me wrong, I don't think women should be "punished", derided or disrespected for flaunting themselves, but that you can't do so and expect people to pretend they don't have an opinion on it.

I feel that people are going to misunderstand me so I'll try to be clear: I'm not saying that you deserve derision for flaunting yourself, but that you should expect playful, fun, innocent comments in response to it, and out of context Bernie's comment seems patronising (and he has a habit of being patronising) but don't think he was trying to belittle her.

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