This could be a breakthrough in the sport of Formula 1, as British racing driver Susie Wolff could be bursting her way onto the scene of a sport that is dominated by the male drivers. The Scottish 31 year old is chosen to be included in two practice sessions for this season after she had an impressive test drive at the Silverstone track in July 2013. The two Grand Prix practice sessions that Wolff will take part in is her home British Grand Prix and the German Grand Prix. Susie Wolff is not alone though as another Sauber female driver aims to be driving in Formula 1 in 2015.
Susie Wolff is not the only woman around at the moment attempting to burst into the sport that is dominated by men. Swiss driver Simona De Silvestro is Sauber’s most recent signing in February and hopes to be racing in Formula 1 by 2015. In Formula 1 history, there has only ever been five women who have entered into a Grand Prix, albeit only two have actually started. The other 3 that entered didn’t start as they didn’t pass through the qualifying. Maria Teresa de Filippis and Lella Lombardi are the only two women to start a race with Lombardi being the only one to ever score points, scoring 0.5 points; she was also the most recent woman to race in a Grand Prix.
Susie Wolff commented on being able to take part in the two practices later in this season, “It’s an incredible opportunity they have given me and it’s one I am going to grab with both hands. Each step of the way, I proved myself, did a good job, gave the team what they needed in terms of feedback and that then led to more opportunity within the team.” The Scot continued, “There are so many people fighting to get into F1 and at one point in the winter I didn’t think I would have anything this year. There are many good drivers out there fighting to get in with or without money behind them.”
Author Daniel Foster.
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