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The all-electric racing league known as Formula E will begin taking to race tracks around the world next year, and Williams Advanced Engineering is the latest company to sign on as a supplier for the cars.
Having driven for the Mercedes-Benz DTM team for the past several years, Susie Wolff has now been signed on board the Williams F1 team as a development driver.
As the newest member of the team, Wolff will help out in the development of the team’s simulator, aerodynamic testing on the FW34 chassis, and even take on a full track test at an upcoming grand prix. Born in Scotland, the female driver will participate in her seventh season in DTM for 2012.
“I would like to thank Sir Frank for giving me this opportunity both on and off the track. I must also thank Mercedes Benz AMG and HWA for supporting me to take up this new experience with Williams. Formula One is the ultimate challenge for any racing driver and it offers me the chance both to apply and to improve the skills I have developed racing in DTM. In return I shall be offering some of my own technical insight and experience – coming from a different discipline – and helping the team engage with its partners. I hope also to demonstrate that women can play a role at the highest levels of motorsport and I shall be working closely with the team on its social responsibility programme in the areas of education and road safety,” said Susie Wolff.
The always classy Bernie Ecclestone was happy to hear the addition of Susie Wolff to Formula One saying that if she’s “as quick in a car as she looks good out of a car then she will be a massive asset to any team and on top of that she is very intelligent.” Good thing he brought up her good looks before her intelligence.