Susie Wolff Takes Up Managing Director Role of All-Women F1 Academy Series

Susie Wolff has been unveiled as the new Managing Director of the F1 Academy category, as announced on Wednesday, 1 March 2023.

The academy aims to develop and prepare young female drivers to progress to higher levels of competition.

The F1 Academy is an all-women driver series featuring five teams, 15 drivers and 21 races at a host of F1 tracks, with Wolff being brought in to enhance the managerial structure and offer her unique insight.

Wolff brings a wealth of motorsport experience, both as a driver and team leader, from her previous driver development role with Williams that included several F1 free practice outings, to racing in DTM, and leading the Venturi Formula E squad as Team Principal.

In 2016, the 40-year-old launched “Dare To Be Different”, which is a call to action aimed at driving women talent, by inspiring the next generation and increasing female participation in all levels and aspects of the sport.

Speaking on the announcement, CEO Stefano Domenicali said: “It is fantastic news that Susie Wolff is joining the F1 Academy as Managing Director. Susie is an incredible person who understands what it takes to reach the highest levels of motorsport, both as a driver and Team Principal.

“She has a wealth of experience and firsthand knowledge that will be of huge benefit to all of us and the drivers who are on their journey to progress through the racing pyramid.

Meanwhile, Wolff added: “The F1 Academy presents an opportunity to promote genuine change in our industry by creating the best possible structure to find and nurture female talent on their journey to the elite levels of motorsport, both on and off the racetrack.

“There is a lot of work to be done but there is also a clear determination to get this right. In doing so, I believe the F1 Academy can represent something beyond racing.

“It 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.

“This is also the start of an important new chapter in my career, combining the experience I have developed so far with my passion for diversity and empowerment, so I would like to thank Stefano for entrusting me with a role that means as much to me personally as it does professionally,” she concluded.

 

Photo Caption: Susie Wolff has been unveiled as new Managing Director of the F1 Academy category, as announced on Wednesday, 1 March 2023. Photo: Susie Wolff (Instagram)

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