'There's no hope of a female driver soon,' says Wolff after quitting F1
Susie Wolff, the first woman driver in 22 years to take part in a Formula 1 weekend, has announced that she will retire at the end of the year after accepting that her dream of making the starting grid at a grand prix "isn't going to happen".
The 32-year-old Scot, whose husband Toto is the motorsport director at Mercedes, was appointed as Williams' development driver in 2012 and last year made a breakthrough when she took part in free practice for the British Grand Prix. She also participated in practice at the 2014 German Grand Prix and, after being promoted to the role of test driver, in Spain and Britain this season.
Wolff said: "My progression into Formula 1 came to represent so much more than a racing driver simply trying to reach the pinnacle of the sport. It was also the hope that finally there may again be a female on the starting grid.
"There were those who wanted it to happen, those who didn't. Do I think F1 is ready for a competitive female racing driver that can perform at the highest level? Yes. Do I think it is achievable as a woman? Most definitely. Do I think it will happen soon? Sadly, no."