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Susie Wolff receives MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honors

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Former Formula 1 test driver and DTM racer Susie Wolff has been made a Member of the British Empire (MBE) in Queen Elizabeth II’s New Year Honors, announced on Friday evening.

Wolff became the  first woman in 22 years to take part in an F1 grand prix weekend session when she represented Williams in practice for the British Grand Prix in 2014.

Wolff retired from racing at the end of 2015, making her final appearance at the Race of Champions before turning her attention to profiling female participation in motorsport through the ‘Dare To Be Different’ scheme.

Wolff has been awarded an MBE for her services to women in sport.

“What a way to end 2016. Very humbled to receive an MBE in recognition of my service to women in sport,” Wolff wrote on her Facebook page.

“Like any female competitor, I simply aspired to compete on a level playing field and was able to chase that dream thanks to the never-ending support of my family and all those who backed me along the way.

“This is a recognition of their efforts as much as my own. Now my focus is on passing that support and belief to the next generations of young women who dare to be different in chasing their dreams.”

Wolff is the only motorsport personality to feature on this year’s New Year Honors list.

Formula 1: Recapping the past week’s news

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This past week in Formula 1 was dominated by teams launching their 2018 challengers for the 2018 FIA Formula 1 World Championship season.

A total of six teams took the covers off their new chassis for the world to see this week, joining Haas F1 Team and Williams Martini Racing in doing so.

The list below contains the teams that launched their 2018 chassis this week and the name of their 2018 chassis:

  • Red Bull Racing – RB14
  • Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team – C37
  • Renault Sport F1 Team – R.S.18
  • Scuderia Ferrari – SJ71H
  • Mercedes AMG Petronas – W09
  • McLaren F1 Team – MCL33

Testing for everyone begins on Monday at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, home of the Spanish Grand Prix, beginning a stretch of two weeks of pre-season testing prior to the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

Sahara Force India and Scuderia Toro Rosso are expected to unveil their 2018 cars the morning of the first day of testing.

Force India Up for Sale?

Rumors about the future of Sahara Force India, already rumored to be changing names soon, took yet another interesting this week as news surfaced about a possible sale of the team to British energy drink firm Rich Energy.

This news also comes as current majority team owner Dr. Vijay Mallya faces developing legal troubles involving money laundering, further adding to the murky environment surrounding a team that has become the “best of the rest” behind Mercedes, Ferrari, and Red Bull in recent years.

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