F1 » Ecclestone keen to see 'perfect advert' Danica in F1


As F1 prepares to reignite its love-hate affair with America, the sport's ringmaster Bernie Ecclestone contends that having a driver like Danica Patrick join the grand prix grid 'would be a perfect advert'

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richard

August 12, 2010 10:48 AM

oh no! not this again! danica has stated categoricaly that she has no interest in f1. if danica proved herself capable of being competitive (in an f1 test), then she should be considered. but not just to satisfy bernies desire for dollybirds.

Yeah Right! - Unregistered

August 12, 2010 10:54 AM

She's not good enough for F1. Oval's are about her driving limit although she is fit!

If Michael Schumacher can't get on pace the there's no hope for Danica. More suited to page 3 than F1!

Taz - Unregistered

August 12, 2010 10:55 AM

@richard

You beat me too it, not this again.

Bernie would put Peter Mandelson in a race car if it he thought it would improve ratings....actually...if the other cars had guns we could be on to a winner here :p

Tomi - Unregistered

August 12, 2010 11:02 AM

Danica Patrick's stats:

-1 win and 3 pole positions in 4 and a half year
-11th in the current season.
-she may be talented at turning left, but she just sucks when it comes to turning right as well. Her results this season in non-oval race tracks.
15th at Sao Paulo
7th at St Petersburg
19th at Birmingham
16th at Long Beach
20th at Watkins Glen
6th at Toronto
15th at Edmonton Airport
21th at Mid Ohio)

In one of the lowest level of motorsport available.

What would she do in F1. Pit babe ?

MattF1 - Unregistered

August 12, 2010 11:33 AM

The Michael Schumacher vs. Ayrton Senna debate is an interesting one.

While I believe Senna was the mosre talented of the two but Schumi could get the team to work for him better, they are in fact extremely similar.

I was watching a video on Youtube which included Martin Brundle talking on Senna:

"He often used to put us in a position that you were goig to have an accident, he would leave it up to you to decide whether to have that accident or not”

"He would put you in a compromising position and then leave you to make the decision"

Schumi v Barrichello ? Yes. very similar

Find Top Gear Ayrton Senna tribute on You tube, its great viewing

IanK - Unregistered

August 12, 2010 11:33 AM

It would be good for the sport if we had a woman driving in F1 again, but not one who like Dancia Patrick in my opinion who would only appear to be eye candy for the sport. F1 does not need a woman driver of Dancias calibre. She has at best a below average race record in the USA so i could not see her making any decent impact in F1. F1 should only have a woman driver who can cut the mustard. Katherine Legge would be a much better choice

RJ - Unregistered

August 12, 2010 11:37 AM

Poor old Bernie. He is so weird. He's still ruminating on DP. He's failed at making F1 a go in the U.S. for too many years. Somehow F1 always craps in its own pool, either by raising fees to extortion levels or legislating a crisis like the Michelin debacle. Will F1 ever take off in the U.S.? Not until Bernie is a memory. Bernie always blames the local promoters for failure to promote his product. His idea of a "perfect advert"? DP. Isn't that enlightened. He's got no idea of why F1 works.

MattF1 - Unregistered

August 12, 2010 11:37 AM

Also, there is a clip with two silmilar interviews with the two greats, and it is astounded how silmilar they come across in terms of their demeanour, attitude and responses to the interviewees: Jackie Stewart in Senna's case, and Martin Brundle in Schumacher case.

The video on youtube is: Michael Schumacher and Ayrton Senna, interesting interviews (extended version)

Fascinating stuff.

LoveF1

August 12, 2010 12:27 PM

On a much lighter note, it must have been 'hot' in that garage where that photographer was taking that photo on the left :)
The man must have been loosening his collar, as Danica walked all around that car! :)

Ok ok, please don't shoot me down...I'm only having a bit of fun.

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