During free practice for the British Grand Prix, Susie Wolff became the first woman in 22 years to take part in an official grand prix weekend session as she got behind the wheel of the Williams FW36 in place of Valtteri Bottas.
However, it lasted barely 20 minutes when her car ground to a halt with an engine problem. She had been denied a chance to show what she could do up against the regular field of F1 drivers, and had just one more shot during practice for the German Grand Prix.
Lightning so nearly struck twice when her car slowed just seconds after leaving the pit lane at Hockenheim, only for Susie to bring the car back to the pits and get it repaired. In the end, she posted a very respectable lap time that was just two-tenths of a second shy of regular driver Felipe Massa’s own.
In this video, Susie talks about her never-say-die attitude and approach when facing adversity, lifting the lid on the mentality of a competitive racing driver trying to make a break in Formula 1.