F1's new female driver aims to set wheels in motion for women

    Scotland's Susie Wolff has been signed as a development driver at the Williams F1 team.

    Story highlights

    • Williams signs Susie Wolff, F1's second female driver in last month
    • The 29-year-old's new role comes just weeks after Marussia signs Maria de Villota
    • F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone welcomes the move, calling her an asset to the team
    • The Scottish driver has previously tested with Lotus Renault F1
    Susie Wolff, the second woman to join Formula One in recent weeks, hopes her new role will pave the way for more females in the elite level of motorsport.
    The 29-year-old Briton was signed to Williams as a development driver on Wednesday, just weeks after Spaniard Maria de Villota joined Marussia in a testing role.
    "I hope to demonstrate women can play a role at the highest levels of motorsport," Wolff said.
    "I shall be working closely with the team on its social responsibility program in the areas of education and road safety."
    Wolff is just the seventh female F1 driver in the 60-year history of the sport and her recruitment, along with De Villota, has been seen as an important step forward in the gender divide.
    However "Racy Susie," as she has been labeled in the British tabloid press, may still have some way to go before changing old-fashioned thinking at the top.