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Mercedes Boss Toto Wolff Narrates the Unfair Tale of How His Millionaire Wife Susie Was Denied a Shot at Racing

Published 11/27/2022, 12:45 PM EST

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Women in motorsport don’t seem like a shock in modern times. In fact, people would like to see women racing wheel-to-wheel with men. Yet, there is a void of women racers, especially in F1. Well, there was a time when a feisty racer named Susie Wolff, who is also Toto Wolff’s wife, was awaiting her chance in the pinnacle of motorsport.

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Susie Wolff nee Stoddart was a development driver with Williams from 2012-2015. Susie had competed in Formula Renault and British F3 and thus had single-seater experience. Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff believes that his wife deserved a shot in F1 back then with Williams.


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Although the Grove-based outfit did not give her the chance, despite running her in FP1 sessions over the 2014 and 2015 seasons.

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Toto Wolff stated that his better half has the potential to get a full-time drive for Williams. As per, in an interview with the Financial Times, Toto said,She was within a few tenths of Felipe Massa.” 

The Austrian further stated that Williams never dared to take a punt on Susie. He said, “The final chance was denied [by Williams].” Susie eventually stayed as a development driver with the British outfit for 2015 and then retired from racing.

She followed in her husband’s footsteps to become the team principal and CEO of the Venturi Formula E team from Monaco. As she is now retired from the role of team principal and CEO, her net worth is reportedly over $1 million.

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Yet, people might wonder what it could have been if Williams could have given Susie a chance for at least a season.

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Former F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone always wanted to have a woman driver in F1. Prominent IndyCar talents like Danica Patrick were touted as potential candidates, but it never materialized into reality.

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Back around 2008 to 2012, there were several whispers of IndyCar winner Danica Patrick to make way into F1. Having won an IndyCar race in Motegi, Japan, Patrick is one of the most successful women in motorsports. Back in the day, she was the talk of the town as the next woman F1 driver.


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Although Danica herself clarified that there was no potential F1 opportunity developing for her. Besides Patrick, Sarah Fisher is another IndyCar star who never got a ticket to F1.

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Currently, Jamie Chadwick is following Susie Wolff’s steps as a development driver with Williams. Although, Chadwick has won the W series championship 3 times in 2019, 2021, and 2022. With 11 wins and 18 podiums, the 24-year-old keeps her hope to compete in F1 one day.

What do you think? Can women drivers break onto the F1 grid? And how soon can we see the same?

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Written by:

Aishwary Gaonkar


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Aishwary Gaonkar is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his postgrad, he has set out to venture into the world of Sports Journalism. He is an ardent fan of F1 and has been following the most prestigious form of motor racing for over a decade now.
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Ranvijay Singh