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.