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Mercedes Royalty Susie Wolff Joins Elite Club of F1 Legends With Latest Accomplishment

Published 01/30/2023, 6:45 AM EST

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Susie Wolff proved her racing prowess against the best in a sport dominated by men. Despite being the wife of mighty Toto Wolff, she carved out a name for herself in the world of motorsport. As curtains drew over her racing career as a driver, she proved her mettle again as a team principal in the feeder series. All this while, she pushed for the inclusion of more women in motorsport and to this day, is a fierce advocate of the issue. Her efforts have now earned her a prestigious place among the likes of Ron Dennis, Sir Patrick Head, and Martin Brundle.

Motorsport UK recently held an award ceremony- Night of Champions 2023. The British motorsport governing body honored the greats from the world of motor racing. Among the ones recognized last night was Sir Patrick Head for his technical excellence in motorsport design and engineering. Former F1 driver Jonathan Palmer got the HRH Prince Michael Award of Merit. They also honored f1 commentator Martin Brundle with the inaugural Murray Walker Award.


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They recognized Susie’s efforts in promoting diversity in motorsports. Congratulations to @Susie_Wolff, winner of the Sir Malcolm Campbell Memorial Trophy in recognition of her significant and continued work to promote diversity within #motorsport,” the ruling body wrote on Twitter.

After quitting Williams as a driver in 2015, Susie took up the role of team principal for Formula E team Venturi Racing. In the 2020-21 season, the team excelled under her as Edoardo Mortara secured the runner-up position in the drivers’ standings. Before James Vowles took over the team boss’ duties at the Oxfordshire-based team, fans rooted for Susie to land the role.

Susie Wolff on breaking barriers for the next generation of women in motorsport


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Susie did not plan on taking up the team principal role after hanging up her helmet in F1. However, she did take up the position at Venturi eventually and became the first woman team principal in Formula E. She recalled what it felt like in an interview with a UK newspaper.

She said, “I didn’t think at all about the fact that I was a woman doing it until we had our first media call. And I remember it so clearly because [when] we had the call, I remember exactly where I was sitting. The first question was: ‘Did your husband get you the job?’ The second question was: ‘What qualifies you at all?’ And the third question was: ‘How do you manage being a mother and a team principal?'”


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Susie recalled how the questions irked her as they weren’t the same questions her male counterparts, who had children, faced. However, she was hopeful for women in motorsport in the future and was glad to be the first who broke that ceiling.



Nischay Rathore

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Nischay Rathore is a Formula 1 Author at EssentiallySports. Being a law graduate, he has worked at the Supreme Court of India as well as the High Court of Delhi. However, due to his adherent love for sports, he has now set out to start his journey into the world of Sports Journalism.

Edited By: Varunkumaar Chelladurai