In 1996, aged just 13, she was named British Woman Kart Racing Driver of the Year. With an impressive title under her belt and a clear taste for success, Susie then went on to win her first 24Hr Middle East Kart Championship and the Scottish Junior Intercontinental “A” title in 1997. She held the British Women Kart Racing Driver title for four consecutive years and, in 2000, was awarded the title of Top Female Kart Driver in the World.
In 2001, Susie embarked on her professional racing career in the Formula Renault UK Championship, where she notched three podiums and was twice nominated for the British Young Driver of the Year Award. Following a brief spell in Formula 3, she made her name with Mercedes-Benz in DTM – the German Touring Car Championship – between 2006 and 2012.
In 2012, Susie ascended to the pinnacle of motorsport in Formula 1, joining multiple championship winners Williams Racing. Susie held the position of Development Driver for three seasons before being promoted to the role of Test Driver for 2015. During her tenure at Williams, Susie made history at the 2014 British Grand Prix by becoming the first woman to take part in a Formula 1 race weekend in 22 years.
In October 2013, Susie was awarded an Honorary Fellowship at the University of Edinburgh in recognition of her role as an ambassador for women in sport.
Retiring from action behind the wheel at the end of 2015, Susie made a personal commitment to increase the intake of women in motorsport across all areas. This led to the launch of Susie’s highly successful ‘Dare to be Different’ initiative in collaboration with the UK Motorsport Governing Body and the Motors Sports Association.
In 2016 Susie became an ambassador for ‘She’s Mercedes’. Inspired by the German marque’s ‘Best or Nothing’ mantra, She’s Mercedes is a networking platform dedicated to inspiring, connecting and empowering women to be their best.
On June 26 2018, Susie was appointed Team Principal and shareholder of the Venturi Formula E Team in her first formal move into team management and ownership – the next step in a uniquely wide-ranging and successful motorsport career that continues to go from strength to strength.