DTM driver Susie Stoddart (and of no relation to former Minardi boss, Paul) has revealed that she would relish the opportunity of a Formula 1 test.
The 27-year-old Mercedes-Benz driver – one of two female drivers to compete in this year’s DTM championship, alongside former ChampCar driver Katherine Legge (who was, coincidentally, the last woman to test drive a Formula 1 car, with Minardi in 2005) – currently lies twelfth in the series’ 2010 standings, placed ahead of former F1 drivers Ralf Schumacher, David Coulthard and Markus Winkelhock.
Speaking with Austrian magazine SportWoche, the Scot said: “I dream about Formula One.
“I would at least like my first test. That’s what I really want to do. But I don’t want it to just be a PR stunt. I want to show them what I can do.”
Stoddart has previous open-wheeler experience in Formula Renault and British Formula 3, and was awarded the BRDC McLaren AUTOSPORT Young Driver of the Year and BRDC Rising Star of the Year awards at the 2003 AUTOSPORT Awards.
The more sceptical might suggest that an easy avenue to an F1 test would be via her boyfriend, Toto Wolff, a minority investor in the Williams F1 team.