Susie Wolff heads new F1 women’s academy

Susie Wolff, former Venturi Formula E team principal and wife of Mercedes boss Toto Wolff, has been named managing director of the new F1 women’s academy, F1 reports on Wednesday.

The new series aims to help young female drivers advance their careers in motorsport. No woman has competed in a Formula One Grand Prix since the late Italian Lella Lombardi in 1976.

Wolf is also a former racing driver. She raced in German Touring Cars (DTM) and worked as a driver for the Williams F1 team. She will report directly to F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali.

“I believe the F1 Academy can be more than racing,” Wolf said in a statement released ahead of the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix.

“This can inspire women around the world to follow their dreams and realize that with talent, passion and determination, there is no limit to what they can achieve.”

The first season will include seven rounds with drivers supporting the US Grand Prix in Austin, Texas in October.


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