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British Mercedes driver Susie Wolff waves during the DTM touring car presentation on April 22, 2012 in Wiesbaden, Germany.
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Motorsport fans eagerly awaiting the return of a female driver to a Formula 1 Grand Prix race after 20 years might have to wait a little longer, after Scottish racer Susie Wolff announced she will retire as a test driver this year.

After working as a test driver for the Williams team since 2012, the 32-year-old told the BBC that the Race of Champions at London’s Olympic Stadium on Nov. 20—an annual all-star event for international drivers from different racing disciplines—will be her last.

“There was very little opportunity to carry on in Formula 1,” Wolff said. “My goal was to get on to the starting grid and that didn’t look achievable. So I had to call it a day.”

Wolff said her next aim is to help a new generation of women break into racing, although there has also been talk of her joining BBC’s iconic automotive show Top Gear as a presenter.


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