Susie Wolff unfazed by new F1 super licence criteria

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Susie Wolff is unconcerned by the FIA’s new criteria for acquiring a super licence required to race in Formula 1 as she bids to become the first woman to make a full F1 start since Lella Lombardi in 1976.

Wolff made history at last year’s British Grand Prix as she became the first woman to take part in a race weekend session in 22 years with Williams during free practice at Silverstone.

For 2015, she has been promoted to the role of test driver, taking part in pre-season testing yesterday in Barcelona for the British team.

However, her hopes of making a full grand prix start in the future appeared to be dashed when the FIA announced in January that it was overhauling the process for obtaining a super licence that is required to race in F1.

Under the new system, drivers are awarded points depending on their finishing position in other championships. A score of 40 is required over three years in established series such as GP2, GP3 and IndyCar.

As a result, Wolff will be ineligible for a super licence given that her most recent competitive season came in 2012 when she finished 22nd in the DTM championship, a series that does not score points under this system.

Speaking exclusively to MotorSportsTalk, Wolff said that she was not worried about the new requirements and will simply deal with the situation as and when it arises.

“No, I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it,” Wolff said. “If I need a super licence, then I will cross that bridge.

“I think what they’ve proposed excludes not just me but quite a few guys who are on the cusp of getting into F1, so I don’t think it can be as black and white as they have made it.

“Let’s see. It’s not been enforced yet so let’s see what actually happens.

“Certainly right now the huge stumbling block for me in Formula 1 is just getting time in the car. It’s so limited, not just for me but for all of the young drivers trying to get in. That’s what you’re fighting against, but for sure I want to be at one point in a race.”