F1 » Wolff: female F1 driver 'will definitely happen'


Williams' Susie Wolff is hoping that Danica Patrick's success in US stock car racing will prove a boost for female drivers across all motorsports.

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piercarlogassolini - Unregistered

February 26, 2013 11:37 AM

Won't happen in my lifetime. Danica's done well, but in series that in a nutshell 'aren't F1' (one populated mainly by has beens and never will be's, the other by racers using a totally different technique), and she is clearly much less competitive on 'road' courses. Then who have we got, historically? No-one really. I have great respect for female athletes, but the reason elite sports are for the most part single-sex is that women just can't compete on a like for like basis with men. Look at the 'power' sports like NFL, even white males are struggling to make a mark. The one hope for women in F1 is that there is 'something else' involved (ie the car), and one sport where females do feature prominently is equestrian (which of course also involves a dobbin) - ALTHOUGH with 60% of elite showjumpers being men, from only 5% at grass roots level, even this sport demonstrates that men are just fundamentally superior - again, no slight on women, my daughter rides and she is braver than I

Mike - Unregistered

February 26, 2013 11:47 AM

Will everyone catch up??!! It's already happened! Giovanna Amati ( 1991 / 1992 season ), drove at the back very slowly, but still, IT'S ALREADY HAPPENED!!! I was only 8 years old and I can remember her so why are all the older F1 'experts' talking like its never happened before?!

Bob - Unregistered

February 26, 2013 12:12 PM

@piercarlo, danica has done very well indeed especially as many labelled her as a poster girl to get people interested in nascar again, but i question how you can say she is no good on road courses, last year she led montreal and was surely in line for a rostrum finish until someone threw a boot in front of her car which all but destroyed the rear suspension, ran 4th for most of the race at ROAD america until punted off by the 'superior male' jaques villenueve. i'm not saying she's ready for F1 but she's a lot better than most give her credit for and show some on the F1 grid the way round.

mix - Unregistered

February 26, 2013 1:03 PM

Coming 1/2 point of winning the championship behind the great walter rohrl in a monster of a car, in a sport more physical, dangerous and difficult than F1 ever was.... I doubt michele mouton and a few others may disagree with you....

OnTheOtherHand

February 26, 2013 1:25 PM

I hope it happens again soon.
We can not talk about strength and stamina as an handicap, there are plenty of very strong and able females in all sports.
It's not like she will have to push or carry the car around.
This will also encourage a whole new supporting stream.
All for it.

oldtimer - Unregistered

February 26, 2013 1:26 PM

It has of couse happened before, I can remember Davina Galica, Lella Lombardi, Desire Wilson, Giovanna Amati and before my time Maria Teresa De Fillipis so it is nothing new.
However the likelyhood of somebody actually good enough appearing is remote and even if they did they would never get near a competitive car. Of course Bernie would love a woman to tout about for good publicity but there is nobody including Susie Wolff anywhere near good enough around at the moment. Danica Patrick was touted as a possible but we all know what happened to a lot of American men drivers who got into F1, they failed because they were simply not good enough, those who succeded like Andretti and Gurney were top league allrounders who drove everything with success.
Patrick might have got a go but she was sensible enough to know that she could'nt succeed. I hope someone turns up but we could have a very long wait.

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