F1 » Danica: I don't want F1 – I want to have fun!

In a revealing and engaging interview, IndyCar's cover girl Danica Patrick recalls her early period of racing in Britain - Ford Granada and all - and explains why she likely won't ever return...

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cobalt - Unregistered

May 25, 2010 1:06 PM

Yes, F1 is not an equal opportunities employer.
Dont understand why F1 doesn have women drivers. It would mean more media exposure and more sponsors. Isnt that what they want?
I hope to see Michelle Gatting in F1 one day.

Seriously - Unregistered

May 25, 2010 1:14 PM

I agree with women in any motorsport as long as they deserve to be there. Not just there for marketing or liberation reasons. At the moment there is no women good enough to be in F1 and won't be for a generation or two.

Alan D - Unregistered

May 25, 2010 1:26 PM

Seriously: "At the moment there is no women good enough to be in F1 and won't be for a generation or two."

Would you like to explain what you mean by "generation"? Are you saying that there will be no women good enough to race in F1 for the next 20 to 40 years?

Rozza - Unregistered

May 25, 2010 1:43 PM

F1 should be, but isn't a meritocracy. We have had too many pay drivers in the past and a lot of marketing led drivers choices (an all German team anyone?).

However if she (or any female racer) can drive the ass off the car and has an added marketing schtick, then go for it.

But be prepared for a nasty backlash if any woman driver is found to be lacking in skill and or results. It would only support the current preconceptions.

Paul - Unregistered

May 25, 2010 1:49 PM

It's all very well talking about sexism in motorsport in the U.K. but am I the only person who sees any irony? This woman obviously feels fine with taking her clothes off to pose for magazines in a bikini. Such actions do not help other women looking to make their way in motorsport.


May 25, 2010 1:53 PM

I used to like Danica.

When she was in karts and in Europe I followed her career (along with guys like Scott Speed and Lewis Hamilton at the time).

It was all good until I started hearing her being interviewed. Her biggest problem is her mouth. She shoots it off all time and has developed this terrible attitude that would make Paul Tracy blush.

And now she isn't even doing anything on the track. I would say she isn't even the best female driver in IndyCars. I would say rookie Simona de Silvestro is a better driver than she is. All she needs is a little more track time.

Commodore S - Unregistered

May 25, 2010 1:55 PM

Women should be welcomed to the sport if deserved.

This young lady certainly has talent however also is a walking P.R poster.

She is best suited to Indycar and NASCAR where she appears to fit the fold.

Good luck to her, She has done well and cemented her position..

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