Former Williams development and test driver Susie Wolff has been awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours List 2017.
As the only woman to have taken part in an official Formula One session in 22 years in 2014, Wolff was given the honour for her services to women in sport, something which he has heavily promoted over the last couple of years.
Retiring from motorsport at the end of last year, Wolff has been influential in the ‘Dare to be Different’ initiative, with the aim of bringing more girls and women through motorsport – traditionally a male dominated world.
A short statement online from Susie said, “What a way to end 2016. Very humbled to receive an MBE in recognition of my service to women in sport. 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.”