|Managing Director, F1 Academy
|Position Last Year
Susie Wolff MBE (née Stoddart; born 6 December 1982) is a former British professional racing driver. Her parents, John and Sally Stoddart, owned a motorcycle dealership in Oban and her father raced bikes competitively.
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She progressed through the motorsport ranks, starting in karting, before graduating to Formula Renault and Formula Three, then moving to the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) to compete for Mercedes-Benz. In 2012, Williams signed her into Formula One to work as a development driver. She made history at the 2014 British Grand Prix at Silverstone, becoming the first woman to participate in a Formula One race weekend in 22 years. On 4 November 2015, Wolff announced her retirement from motorsport, last competing at the Race of Champions at the end of November. In 2016, Wolff joined Channel 4 in the UK as an analyst for their Formula One coverage.
In 2018, she joined Venturi Racing in Formula E as Team Principal. In 2021, she was promoted to the role of CEO. In August 2022, following the Season 8 finale in South Korea, she announced her departure from Venturi and Formula E.
After her motorsport retirement, Wolff co-founded Dare to be Different alongside Motor Sports Association CEO Rob Jones. Officially launched at the Autosport International show held at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham on 14 January 2016, the nonprofit organisation aims to increase the participation of women in motorsport.
Holding events across the United Kingdom, the initiative invites school girls between the ages of eight and 14 to participate in motor racing-related activities. Dare to be Different has a range of ambassadors, including former Williams Formula One Deputy Team Principal Claire Williams, Sky Sports News and Sky Sports F1 presenter Rachel Brookes, and racing driver Tatiana Calderón.
In February 2019, Dare to be Different united with the FIA Girls on Track initiative to reach a wider audience, raising awareness of the opportunities for girls in motorsport. The first joint FIA Girls on Track – Dare to be Different event was held at the 2019 Mexico City ePrix at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez.
Formula 1 has announced Susie Wolff as the Managing Director of the F1 Academy category, which aims to develop and prepare young female drivers to progress to higher levels of competition.
As F1 Academy Managing Director, Wolff will report directly to F1 President and CEO Stefano Domenicali, spearheading the development of female motorsport talent and focusing on creating a successful pathway to higher categories in the F1 pyramid.prev View full list next