Car Chat with Susie Wolff

Susie Wolff

Susie Wolff

Susie Wolff made history at Silverstone last year when she became the first female driver to participate in an official Grand Prix session since 1992 and is inspiring a new generation of female racers

Who taught you to drive ?My Mum! I started on the morning of my 17th birthday by driving to school.

What car was your family car ? 
Not very glamorous but practical, a VW Sharan.

 If you could switch careers what would you do? I have my dream job so would never want to swop but the only other sport which fascinates me is downhill skiing.

Whom do you most admire in your industry? I admire many successful people within the industry for various reasons. I believe you can learn something from each person who is successful whether it be a driver, engineer or management.

What was your best career decision to date? Entering the German Touring Car Championship with Mercedes Benz. A one year contract led to seven years racing in the best touring car championship in the world. This then led me to meeting my husband and getting a chance in F1 with Williams Martini Racing.

Do you have a personal business philosophy? Have a plan. Always know what you want to achieve and how you are going to achieve it. I was told a great saying a few years ago, dream and dream big but always know that a dream without a plan of how to achieve that dream is just a wish.

What is on your car stereo right now?  The Journey, Don’t Stop Believing

 One item you couldn’t live without? My passport.

Describe yourself in one word ? Determined.

What sort of road driver are you? Safe, I can take my aggression out on the race track so don’t need to prove anything on the roads. Safety comes first.

Can you change a tyre or do you need to call for help? I could change a tyre, if I’m not in a dress…

Have you ever put the wrong fuel in your car?  Yes, once in Finland. It was very embarrassing.

What’s the scariest moment you’ve had in a car? I still had summer tyres on my car and was driving back from the Nurburgring in late October. It suddenly starting snowing and I had a hard job keeping the car on the road.

What’s in your boot at the moment? Nothing, I have to always have my car interior immaculate.

Do you have a favourite motoring gadget? Keyless go. It means I don’t have to always search in my handbag for my car keys!


Geraldine Herbert

18th September, 2015





Author: Geraldine Herbert

Motoring Editor and Columnist for the Sunday Independent and editor of wheelsforwomen. Geraldine is also a regular contributor to Good Housekeeping (UK) and to RTÉ Radio One, Newstalk, TodayFM and BBC Radio. You can follow Geraldine on Twitter at @GerHerbert1

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