Why Susie Wolff is the First Woman I Genuinely Want to Succeed in Formula 1

Susie Wolff will help the Williams F1 team in 2014, expanding her role at the team to a development driver participating in 2 race-weekend practice sessions and a full test day, and I genuinely am rooting for her success in Formula 1, for whatever reason.

"Competing in two FP1 sessions, alongside an additional full test day this season will be a big step and I am looking forward to the opportunity to get behind the wheel of the FW36 on a Grand Prix weekend," said Wolff.

"It's a challenge that I will relish and it will be a great chance for me to continue assisting the team."

Susie Wolff will be the first woman to participate in a Formula 1 race weekend since Giovanna Amati in 1992.

Why Susie Wolff is the First Woman I Genuinely Want to Succeed in Formula 1

Statistically, I don't like women in motorsport, but the only people to comprise that sample statistic is Danica Patrick (1/1 = 100% of women). I don't follow IndyCar or Nascar, but unfortunately I know who Danica Patrick is, and she gives women in motorsport a bad name; here is why:

What I know of Danica Patrick: she has won 1 race, is in a bunch of commercials for products I don't really care about or for products I already hate (DO NOT use GoDaddy.com), flaunts her body in those ads (most likely at the advice of her management), and doesn't really respect or give enough credit to her racing team.

That is the extent of my knowledge of Danica Patrick; i.e. enough bad press to dislike her. I am not trying to say that Danica Patrick is exclusively bad, but what I know of her is, and that in itself is harmful to the advancement of women in motorsport.

Why Susie Wolff is the First Woman I Genuinely Want to Succeed in Formula 1

What I know of Susie Wolff: she is married to Toto Wolff (lucky bastard), raced in DTM, and currently works for Williams. There seems to be an absence of feminist ideals, which I suspect comes at the advice of Toto (being in a managerial position at Mercedes F1 and having to deal with the political game), or perhaps comes at her own inclination; I enjoy this. She is acting just like any other racing driver attempting to make their way into F1. Yes, Susie Wolff is attractive, but she doesn't flaunt it; I like that too.

I genuinely like Susie Wolff as a person, and hopefully I will like her as a driver. I think we can all agree that she'd be more respected than Pastor Maldonado currently is.

Also aiming to race in Formula 1 with the Sauber F1 team is IndyCar driver Simona de Silvestro.

What I know of Simona de Silvestro: She's raced in IndyCar; that's pretty much it.

So, enough to not have an opinion (still better than Danica Patrick).

Why Susie Wolff is the First Woman I Genuinely Want to Succeed in Formula 1

Susie Wolff, Simona de Silvestro, and let's not forget Monisha Kaltenborn; these are the women we, and aspiring women everywhere, need in Formula 1, not Danica Patrick.


[read more on Susie Wolff's transition to development driver at F1 Fanatic]