Toto Wolff says Williams “denied” his wife Susie’s F1 chance

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Toto Wolff says his wife Susie Wolff was “within a few tenths of Felipe Massa” back in 2014, but her chance of an F1 seat was “denied”.

Susie Wolff has been a Williams development driver from 2012 until 2014, and became the first woman to participate in a Formula 1 weekend since 1992, when she participated in the 2014 British Grand Prix first free practice.

In a talk with the Financial Times, her husband Toto Wolff said she was good enough to be granted an F1 seat, but “the final chance was denied”.

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Wolff added that “she was within a few tenths of [Williams driver at the time] Felipe Massa”, but the team “never dared to make that call”.

The last woman who took part in a Formula 1 race was Lella Lombardi back in 1976. Toto says it is not realistic to expect a female on the grid in the next ten years, however, he does think there are those who could deserve a chance..

“I’m sure there are girls out there that can make it on merit,” he concluded.

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