Feature driver series: Suzie Wolff

Feature driver series: Suzie Wolff

It's been long overdue, but the next installment of the feature driver series is with non other than Williams development driver Susie Wolff. Our very own Flouncy had the opportunity to ask the famous 10.

Q: Could you describe your driving and racing style?
Smooth and consistent.

Q: What’s your all-time favourite turn or sequence of the current tracks?
Maggots Becketts, Silverstone.

Q: And which do you hate the most, and why?
Barcelona turn 13 and 14, the tight chicane at the last corner, because it used to be a very fast right hander, but they changed it and I always preferred the old track.

Q: You get to choose a new city for a street circuit. Which city and why?
New York! Because we have such a great race in Texas, in Austin, so I think the next logical step would be in New York and I think it’s one of the greatest cities in the world and I think it would be great to have a race there.

…and it wouldn’t hurt to get the Americans more into it…

Q: If you could choose one former world champion as your team mate, who would you choose and why?
Niki Lauda, because I would like to beat him to show him that women can drive fast.

…does he ever say anything that suggests otherwise…?
He’s… very egoistic.

Q: Formula 1 innovations of the past, like ground effect, 6 wheels etc, if you could bring back any past innovation, what would it be?
I think the active suspension. I would have loved to have driven that as a driver, to know what it felt like.

Q: What current Formula 1 regulation would you like to change and why?
I would like to change the ban on testing, because I think it’s very difficult for young drivers and test drivers and development drivers to get time in the F1 car, and testing is practically banned now, and every day that I’m in the car I take away from one of the race drivers. Before Lewis Hamilton did his first season he did 26,000km of testing and these days it’s just impossible for any young driver to manage, so I think more testing would make it much better.

Q: If you could pick two Formula 1 greats of any past era to watch them racing against each other, who would they be?
I would love to see Lewis against Senna, because, for me, Senna was the outstanding driver of his generation, and, for me, Lewis is the most talented driver of his generation. I’m not saying always the quickest, but for me in raw talent that guy is the most talented, so to see the greatest in Senna I would love to see what the level would be like.

Q: If you could add one more existing circuit to the season, which would it be?
There’s a circuit in the UK called Donnington Park which I have great memories from my Formula 3 days. It’s a great track with different level changes etc and they used to race Formula 1 there and I would love to see another race in the UK, it would be nice.

Q: You’re having a dinner party and can invite four people from the world of motor racing, past or present, who would they be?
First my husband! You don’t go to a party without your husband! So, Toto Wolff. Claire Williams - I need a women by my side as well… I hope nobody reads this from the world of motor sport because I’m going to get asked to name them! Can’t really say one of my team mates because then I’d have to say two of them…! Ok, Toto, Claire, Niki Lauda for entertainment value and David Coulthard because he would make us all laugh.

For the full audio interview, download it here

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