Susie Wolff F1 ambitions inspired by pint sized Vettel

Susie Wolff with husband Toto

Susie Wolff with husband Toto

Susie Wolff has cited Sebastian Vettel’s physique as an example of how women could compete head-to-head in Formula One against men.

Wolff, Williams’ test driver who has applied for the mandatory super licence enabling her to contest grands prix, is pushing hard to become the first woman in two decades to attempt to race in F1.

Critics, however, often cite women’s inferior physical strength as an obstacle, even though Wolff has conducted F1 aerodynamic tests, and raced in the DTM touring car series and junior single seater categories.

Wolff, 30, told the Observer newspaper: “Look at the size of Sebastian Vettel. Do you see a big, muscular guy?”

“I know [that] women have 30 % less muscle than men. And in DTM I had to train harder. But I was karting from such a young age that, year on year, my body was getting stronger in the right places.”

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