The big team boss earthquake is making for an exciting winter in Formula 1 and filling headlines for December which would otherwise be a rather quiet time of year for the sport. While it is now clear who will lead Ferrari, McLaren and Alfa Romeo in future, Williams is still on the lookout. Susie Wolff, ex-racing driver and wife of Mercedes boss Toto Wolff, is looking to be a serious candidate.
After the surprising departure of German team boss Jost Capito, the team from Grove in England, is without a team manager.
Fans and media are already speculating about possible successors. One name that is mentioned again and again is Susie Wolff. The former racing driver from Scotland could be a suitable choice.
Wolff has gained a lot of experience as a driver. The 40-year-old started her career in Formula Renault. She went on to Formula 3 and then to the DTM. In 2012, she switched to Williams as a Formula 1 development driver. She even competed for the team in two practice sessions in England and Germany. She was the first woman to do so since 1992.
Wolff ended her career in 2015
In 2015, Wolff ended her active career, moving to management level. From 2018 she led the Venturi Racing Team in Formula E, from 2021 as CEO. Wolff is fully immersed in F1 matters and can often be seen alongside Toto Wolff in the F1 paddock.
If Wolff joins Williams as boss, the Wolff power couple would attract even more attention at the race tracks and also work together. Williams gets its engine from Mercedes. The paths are short. Susie Wolff has been married to the Austrian since 2011, followed by the birth of son Jack in 2017.
She would now also have time for the post at Williams. In the summer, Wolff announced that she would be leaving the Venturi team and Formula E. Incidentally, the British woman would not be the first female team boss, not even at Williams. Claire Williams was in charge of the team until 2020.
In addition to Wolff, former champion Jenson Button is also being considered as Capito’s successor.