Susie Wolff to launch a female driver initiative in motorsports

 It has been revealed that former Williams Formula 1 test driver, Susie Wolff, will be launching an initiative with the aim of involving more women in motorsports.

Wolff will be attending the Autosport International next week and has chosen this event to officially launch the scheme. She will be working in partnership with the Motor Sports Association (MSA).

Wolff retired from competitive racing last year after progressing through the ranks, starting in karting to become a development driver for Williams Formula One team. In 2014, she became the first woman in 22 years to take part in a Formula One race weekend during the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

Speaking of the scheme, Wolff said, “When I decided to hang up my helmet I knew I wanted to give something back. I called Rob Jones, CEO of the MSA, who immediately shared my enthusiasm and passion. We very quickly put a great team together and are proud to launch our initiative at Autosport International.”

Continuing she said, “Our sport is performance based so gender is irrelevant. The opportunities are out there, we aim to inspire and drive female talent to make sure in the long term our sport is diverse.”

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The show director for Autosport International, Ian France said, “We’re really pleased that Susie will be announcing her new initiative at Autosport International in January. She is a real inspiration to women and we are excited to learn more about the campaign she has developed with the MSA.”

The initiative will be officially launched at the Autosport International Show, taking place at the NEC, Birmingham on 14th January. You can find out more about the event here.

Read our interview with racing driver, Annabel Meade here and our feature on Alice Powell here.

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