Williams have announced that Susie Wolff will join the team as a development driver.
The 29-year-old from Scotland will be competing in her seventh season in the prestigious DTM championship in 2012, alongside simulator work at Williams, and attendance at a number of F1 races.
“Susie is a talented, successful and highly professional racing driver who competes in one of the world's most fiercely-contested racing series,” said eponymous team principal Sir Frank Williams. “Susie will join Williams as a Development Driver, in which capacity she will assist us with the development of our simulator and other technical challenges.
“Susie will also undertake some aerodynamic testing of the FW34 and a full track test in the coming months. Susie will also attend a number of races with us. I should add that, as Susie is married to Toto Wolff, a Director of Williams, her appointment was carefully considered and then approved by the Board, with Toto recusing himself from the process.”
Wolff is clearly excited about this latest opportunity: “Formula One 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,” she said. “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.”
The appointment of Wolff comes just weeks after Marussia named Maria di Villota as their test driver. F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone welcomed Wolff to the sport: “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,” he said. “I am really looking forward to having her in Formula One.”