F1 » Wolff: Female F1 racer 'within a decade'

Susie Wolff predicts that a female racer will be on the F1 grid within the next ten years

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June 07, 2012 11:23 AM

susie, sorry, but it certainly will not be you!

i would love to see a female driver in f1, but it appears that it would now need an amazon to be fit enough to compete. a female MAY come into f1, but it would be a token gesture based on marketing.

susie thanks frank for the opportunity????? but i believe that she is only there due to hubby, not frank. and she and maria are down as test drivers? have either of these tested yet? and if so, how were their times?

Josh - Unregistered

June 07, 2012 11:28 AM

I'm not too sure about that. There's a few girls coming through the ranks in GP3 but none of them show much talent. Not being sexist, before anyone thinks that, just tellin' it how it is.

Susie is too old to make a GP debut (29) and doesn't have the talent to warrant one regardless, and de Villota is even older (32) and drives considerably worse than some of the teenagers in GP2. I'd like to see a female in F1 too, but I doubt it'll be within the next decade. And if it is, that particular driver won't have secured their seat by merit or talent.

Tim - Unregistered

June 07, 2012 11:59 AM

I see no reason why not other than the relatively small number of females that even try motorsports, which is just a society thing.
I would only object if they got the seat because they were a woman, either for the huge publicity or to "prove" that motorsport isn't sexist. I doubt that it is, its just that very few drivers make it to the top, and very few females even try it, so there are going to be almost no female racers at the top.

Josh - Unregistered

June 07, 2012 12:06 PM

"Alice Powell?"

She's won a few awards in female-only categories from the BDRC, which gives her some media hype and exposure. British media love to make out like she's the next best thing, but the cold hard truth is that there are dozens and dozens of drivers her age comprehensively outperforming her. Simply a case of media frenzy over a girl in a race car.

Welsh Chris - Unregistered

June 07, 2012 12:06 PM

I see no real reason why we cannot have a female F1 championship running simultaneously with the (currently) all-male championship. By that I mean running the same races at the same time. After all, if we can currently have some teams struggling to reach the 107% time then why not have other drivers struggle? It also means more overtaking for the front-runners too...

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