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Susie leading the race for female drivers in F1

Fancy getting paid to hurtle round a race track at more than 200 mph? That’s just what our favourite new addition to the world of motor sport, Susie Wolff, will be doing.

As a development driver for the Williams F1 team, she won’t be going up against the likes of Lewis Hamilton or Jenson Button quite yet but many in the sport, including F1 Supremo Bernie Ecclestone, are hoping we will soon see another competitive female driver on the grid.

“I hope to demonstrate women can play a role at the highest levels of motorsport,” Susie said.

Susie first began karting as a child before moving into single-seaters in 2001 with a drive in the Formula Renault series. She was twice nominated for the prestigious Young Driver of the Year Award and enjoyed a spell in the British Formula Three championship before joining Germany’s DTM touring car series in 2006.

Susie is the second woman in recent weeks to join Formula One as a driver. Spaniard Maria de Villota joined Marussia in a testing role.

However, if either are selected to compete in a Grand Prix, they wont be the first women to take their place on the starting grid. There have been five female F1 motor racing drivers before them. Italian legend Lella Lombardi entered 17 Grand Prix and qualified for 12 races, earning a top 6 finish at the 1975 Spanish Grand Prix.

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