Former professional racing driver, former team principal of VENTURI Formula-E Racing Team and co-founder of Dare To Be Different
Susie Wolff has enjoyed a career in professional racing, having formerly been a professional racer and a Development Driver for Williams Formula One team. Susie is the wife of Mercedes F1 Team Principal and CEO, Toto Wolff, and is also the Founder of Dare To Be Different. Susie began her motorsport career in karting, named the British Women Kart Racing Driver of the Year in 1996. Hugely successful at karting, Susie later progressed to race in the Formula Renault Winter Series and the Formula Renault UK Championship. In 2005, Susie made her debut in the British Formula 3 Championship, competing for Alan Docking Racing.
Susie then went on to enter the DTM series in 2006, where she raced for Mucke Motorsport. In 2012, Wolff joined the Williams F1 team as a development driver, and in 2014, Susie became the first woman in 22 years to take part in a Formula One Grand Prix weekend, when she took part in the 2014 British Grand Prix. Racing her final competition at the 2015 Race of Champions, Susie retired from professional racing and focussed her efforts on helping other women to pursue careers in motorsports.
Following her retirement, Susie founded Dare To Be Different, a non-profit organisation which aims to encourage more girls and young women to take up motorsport. The organisation promotes role models and mentors, providing educational activities, workshops and events to help young women break through the motorsport gender barrier. Susie also worked as the Team Principal, CEO and Shareholder of the VENTURI Formula-E Team, announcing her departure from the team in 2022. In recognition of her achievements in the sport, Susie was appointed MBE for her services to motorsport.
Susie has been an inspirational figure for many aspiring female racing drivers, and remains an important role model for young women hoping to enter motorsport. Through her work with Dare To Be Different and her own racing career, she is helping to break down the gender barriers in the sport and to create a more equal playing field. Now hired as an International Women’s Day speaker, Susie is guaranteed to motivate women from all walks of life to achieve their dreams no matter what barriers stand in their way.