Susie Wolff, began her competitive motorsport career over twenty years ago, making history at the 2014 British Grand Prix by becoming the first woman to take part in a Formula 1 race weekend in 22 years. She has launched ,Dare To Be Different, aimed squarely at driving female talent by inspiring the next generation and increasing female participation in motorsport.
A former F1 driver, the founder of Dare to Be Different and a C4 specialist analyst, Susie Wolff's personal story is truly inspirational to everyone.
Susie was absorbed in motorsport since early childhood, when she spent most of her free time with her parents at their motorcycle shop or playing on fun karts, which she was racing at club level by the age of eight.
In 1996, aged just 13, she was named British Kart Racing Driver of the Year. With an impressive title under her belt and a clear taste for success, Susie then went on to win her first 24Hr Middle East Kart Championship and the Scottish Junior International “A” title in 1997. She held the British Women Kart Racing driver title for consecutive years and, in 2000, was awarded the title of Top Female Kart Driver in the World.
After cutting her teeth in karting, Formula Renault and DTM for Mercedes-Benz, Susie made history at the 2014 British Grand Prix by becoming the first woman to take part in a Formula 1 race weekend in 22 years.
Following her retirement from driving in 2015 and as part of her commitment to fostering positive change within the sport, in 2016 Susie launched Dare To Be Different, a call to action aimed squarely at driving female talent by inspiring the next generation and increasing female participation in all levels and aspects of motorsport. She teamed up with the FIA Girls on Track programme in 2019 to help Dare to Be Different reach a wider audience, and raise more awareness of the opportunities for women and girls in motorsport.
As an ambassador for the 'She's Mercedes' networking platform, Susie contributes to the company's dedication to inspire, connect and empower women to be their best.
The University of Edinburgh awarded Susie an honorary fellowship in October 2013,and in 2017 Susie’s hard work was formally acknowledged when she was awarded an MBE for her contribution to women in sport.
On June 26 2018, Susie made her first formal move into team management and ownership with Venturi. Following the team's most successful season to date, and a vice world championship title for ROKiT Venturi Racing, Susie announced her departure from the team and from Formula E.