Susie Wolff announced as F1 Academy managing director

Wolff to report directly to F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali.

Susie Wolff has been named as the managing director of the new all-female F1 Academy series.

Contract:

  • Wolff to report directly to Formula One chief executive Stefano Domenicali
  • Bruno Michel to continue as general manager of F1 Academy, handling day-to-day operations

Context: Wolff was the last female driver to take part in a Formula One session, having driven in a practice session at the 2014 British Grand Prix. She joins the new all-female series following her departure as chief executive of the Venturi Formula E team last season.

Comment: Domenicali said: “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 first hand 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. We are committed to maximising the opportunities in our sport for anyone to reach their true potential and achieve their dreams and we believe F1 Academy is a very important part of our plans to be a more diverse and inclusive sport.”

Consequence: Wolff has a wealth of experience that will be invaluable to the nascent series looking to build on the foundations laid by the W Series. She will be responsible for spearheading the development of female motorsport talent with a focus on creating a successful pathway to higher categories in the Formula One pyramid.

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