Williams F1 test driver Susie Wolff will appear in a new BBC documentary about her life as the only current female driver in the world of Formula 1.
Entitled ‘Driven: The Fastest Women in the World’, the 50-minute film presents a unique perspective and profile the Scottish racing driver as she faces her biggest challenge yet – becoming the first woman in a generation to test a Formula 1 car.
The documentary will premiere on BBC Two Scotland on Sunday, March 24th at 8.00pm, and also features contributions from 2008 world champion Lewis Hamilton, as well as 13-times F1 winner and BBC commentator David Coulthard.
It will also be given a full network showing across the UK on BBC Two at 5.30pm on Sunday, April 14.
This intimate observational film, produced by her BAFTA-nominated filmmaker brother David Stoddart, follows her in the build up to the extraordinary test that could potentially earn her a place in history.
A former karting rival of Lewis Hamilton and team-mate to double world F1 champion Mika Hakkinen, Susie has become the most groundbreaking female in motor racing since starting out professional career in 2006.
She currently racks up speeds of 180mph as a driver in Germany’s prestigious DTM touring car championship.
The documentary charts the incredible challenges she has had to face to take her place as the fastest woman in the world, revealing the limits she’ll have to push to achieve the ultimate goal of becoming an F1 driver in what always has been a male-dominated sport.
The film follows Susie on what turns out to be her final year on the German DTM motor circuit and during the meticulous preparations for her debut as a Williams development driver.
The contributors include David Coulthard, who was Susie’s idol when she first thought of a career as a racing driver, Lewis Hamilton and Ralf Schumacher.
Susie’s parents, John and Sally, also talk about the ups and downs of following at close quarters her rise through a glamorous but dangerous sport.
Susie was signed as a test driver for the Williams team in 2012, while also continuingher DTM commitments.
She began go-karting when she was eight and now lives in Switzerland with her husband Toto Wolff, who recently left a senior role at Williams to become the head of Mercedes Motorsport.
In her role as development driver, Susie was the first Williams driver to run the new FW35 car, which the team will use as its challenger for the 2013 season.
Announcing the documentary on her website, Susie said: “Shooting the film was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done.
“I’m a fairly private person, so to have my brother follow me for nine months, through some pretty difficult times – let’s just say it was a big challenge.”
David Stoddart said, “It was tough combining the role of documentary maker and brother. You have to remember you’re there to film Susie’s story, but during the more difficult moments your instinct as a brother kicks in.
“It was challenging at times to strike the balance, but it’s a great story that needed to be told. Susie was very open and honest, and I’m enormously grateful to her for that, and for giving me a rare glimpse into life in Formula 1.”
Susie added: “I don’t race to prove how good women can be against men.
“I race because it’s in my blood and I hope this documentary will give an insight into a very competitive world, in which I’ve been racing since I was a young girl.”
The Fastest Woman in the World will air in the spring on BBC Two Scotland and BBC Two UK. It will be available to view on BBC iPlayer for up to seven days after transmission.
Sunday 24th March
Driven: The Fastest Women in the World
8.00pm-9.00pm – BBC Two Scotland
BBC Two Scotland is available UK-wide on Freesat 970 & Sky 970
Sunday 14th April
Driven: The Fastest Women in the World
5.30pm-6.30pm – BBC Two
For more details on the film visit the official Facebook page