Susie Wolff made MBE in New Year Honours

Wolff made MBE in New Year Honours
By AutoSport

31/12/2016 at 10:57Updated 31/12/2016 at 11:26

Former Williams Formula 1 test driver Susie Wolff has been made a Member of the British Empire in the Queen's New Year Honours list.

Wolff received the MBE for her services to women in sport.

She became the first female to participate in a grand prix weekend for 22 years when she drove for Williams in practice at the 2014 British Grand Prix.

Her on-track tally with Williams ultimately included four test days and four appearances in GP sessions.

Susie Wolff, the Williams test driver

Susie Wolff, the Williams test driverReuters

Wolff retired at the end of last year, and established the Dare to be Different initiative to increase female participation in all areas of racing.

She had long been aware of her potential to be a role model for women keen to break into the industry and was also guest editor of Autosport's groundbreaking women in motorsport issue in 2015.

Her car racing career began in Formula Renault in the UK with the 2001 winter series, and she became a podium finisher during three seasons in the category.

A subsequent British Formula 3 move proved brief, but she was picked up by Mercedes for 2006 and spent seven years as part of its DTM line-up before focusing on her Williams role.