F1 » Woman's touch to keep Campos on track?

Maria de Villota is being touted as the latest candidate for the struggling Campos Meta F1 team.

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January 29, 2010 10:27 AM
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To be fair to Giovanna Amati, even her team-mate Damon Hill was struggling to qualify the Brabham on the back row, though he was developing Mansell's championship-winning Williams.


January 29, 2010 11:05 AM

the name encouraged me to look up her fathers history, as from memory, he did not stand out. he competed in 14 gps over 5 seasons, and was even employed by mclaren for two years. presumably all these were reserve driver outings, but he didnt set the world on fire.
however, knowing little about maria, there is no reason why she should not be given a test. but it appears to be a desperate marketing ploy, and nothing else.

Ruben Zand

January 29, 2010 11:07 AM

Campos F1 are making a joke of themselves... It was a mistake to give them a F1-spot in the first place. In my opinion it could have been spend way better in the likes of Prodrive and currently StefanGP.

Commodore S - Unregistered

January 29, 2010 11:29 AM

Richard from what I have read this young ladies background does not illustrate F1 talent and suggests nothing but a marketing strategy by Stefan together with being a diversion whilst they continue negotiations with Tony Teixeira.

I am all for females within the motorsport world but they are not a gender that should be exploited due to this factor.

It is really poor of Stefan GP to approach their financial difficulties in this manner


January 29, 2010 11:55 AM

commodore, do you get an ozzie version of crash???? or are you just tired from work today. STEFAN????? read CAMPOS!!!
seriously, there have been a few drivers who have not excelled in lower formulae but have adapted well to higher formulae. i agree that exploiting anyones gender for your own aims, stinks. and if this is what campos are doing, then shame on them.
whilst saying that, let her have a test to see if she cuts the mustard.
but does raise an item of interest. perhaps bernie should organise a "sheilas day" to assess if there are any competitive drivers in the fairer sex.

alex - Unregistered

January 29, 2010 12:06 PM

I am sure we have had far worse men in F1, seats snapped up with the big sponsorship money.

Ferrari now have a driver who is just there because a Sponsor paid for it.....

This sad state of affairs is entirely down to Moseley playing his power games, he did not want any teams assosciated with FOTA or "owing" them anything as it suited his polemic. Now, after he moved the goalposts hours before the decision, to only allow Cosworth engined entrants, who, funnily enough were all his pet teams, we have a bunch of optimistic loosers scrabbling around for money and pay drivers.

This is weakening the image and integrity of F1, thanks to Mad Max Moseley, the man pretty much solely to blame.

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