Susie Wolff hopes to be the first female to race in F1 since 1976

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It's been 22 years since Formula One saw a female driver make laps during a race weekend and now, Susie Wolff looks to be the next.

Susie Wolff took part in the Barcelona test for Williams Wednesday, rebounding from an early spin to place fifth overall. While she got the chance to drive Williams' new FW36 today, Simona de Silvestro tested a 2012 Sauber C31 at the Fiorano Circuit back in April.

You may have noticed that Susie's last name is Wolff, and the fact that a shareholder of Williams Martini Racing goes by the name of Toto Wolff is no coincidence. They are in fact, husband and wife. He also serves as the Executive Director for Mercedes AMG Petronas.

Simona de Silvestro, Sauber F1 Team Test Driver
Simona de Silvestro, Sauber F1 Team Test Driver

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Simona is a Swiss racer with worldwide popularity and also millions of dollars in backing from a renewable energy company. Susie has six years of experience in DTM - Simona has five in the Verizon IndyCar Series. The question is, will either of them ever make it onto the grid for a Formula One race?

They both have experience, a good amount of cash, are well-known, and possess the determination needed to make it in the pinnacle of auto racing. Susie will participate in practice sessions at both the British GP and German GP later this year, making her the first female to make laps during a race weekend since Giovanna Amati during qualifying for the 1992 Brazilian Grand Prix.

Sauber seems to be grooming Simona for one of their 2015 seats, and she has openly said that she's here for one reason and one reason alone - to race in Formula One.

There have been five different female Formula One drivers in the sport's history, and only two of them have actually started a grand prix.

In my personal opinion, there isn't a female racer at the professional level right now better than Simona de Silvestro, who I truly believe will be competing in actual races come 2015.

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