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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zerof50 - Unregistered

February 27, 2013 4:05 PM

I think it's cool, I only hope she gets a shot before it's to late, she is 30 years old, and I hope she's fast enough. (not to mention she's way hotter than that Patrick chick)

KleinonF1 - Unregistered

February 27, 2013 8:30 AM

What I'm concerned about is that Bernie/the powers that be will parachute a woman into an F1 seat just for the sake of having a woman on the grid and the publicity it generates. If a female really has a hope of competing with the men, she has to come through the junior formulae with wins and titles to her name like all the guys. I want to see the 22 best drivers in the world in F1, regardless of what genitals they have.

Yak - Unregistered

February 27, 2013 1:33 AM

It's not impossible, but it's rather improbable. For every woman in motorsport, how many men are there? It's the same for any male driver, just that when it's a male driver... well they're all male drivers, so no one's looking at that. But every driver trying to make it to F1 has to be one of the very best in their field to justify moving forward. Just on numbers, the odds of that top person being the one female on the grid (in the rare case that there even is one) are not great. I don't believe it's impossible for there to be a competitive female F1 driver, but it's unlikely to happen soon unless there's a big increase in the female interest in racing.

Si23 - Unregistered

February 26, 2013 11:45 PM

I make this comment in the knowledge that Susie is a superior driver than I, and that she has proven herself to be a reasonable racing driver.

She will never race in F1, a couple of seasons tugging around at the back of the DTM and driving Football Single Seaters does not qualify you to be an F1 Race Driver.

By the same token doing a few straight line tests and a few promo laps at moderate pace do not qualify you to race in F1 either.

The fact is that despite the very public denial the, sole reason that they are including Susie on the team is that her husband is Toto Wolff and he owns 40% of Williams which means what he says goes. Let us see what happens when he eventually sells his stake now that he is the new boss man at Mercedes !

Why don't they place her in a top GP2 or World Series Team with the money instead and give her the chance to prove her worth ? If she could finish 3rd or higher in either championship I would be inclined to take her seriously.

mix - Unregistered

February 26, 2013 11:43 PM

The road to Formula 1 is littered with extremely talented drivers who couldn't get backing,work the politics,get sponsorship, or had a teammate that played dirty These days a driver doesn't have to be something extraordinary.... just has to have money....


Ellie - Unregistered

February 26, 2013 10:31 PM

As a woman whose dream is to reach the pinnacle of motorsport, I certainly do hope we see women in F1 soon. But I hope they are there because of their talent, and not their connections or willingness to take their kit off. That hurts the advancement of women in sport more than anything.

The road to Formula 1 is littered with drivers who couldn't hack it, or had the talent but not the opportunity, etc.,. These days a driver has to be something extraordinary to even get to Formula 1, much less stay there, and sometimes even that is not enough. Even so, I'm sure we will see a woman on the top step of the podium, but it may not be right away.


February 26, 2013 10:30 PM

If you ask me personally, I don't think a seat should be given to a driver(or rider in the case MotoGP, SBK) based one gender , let alone nationality, sexuality, race, etc because in the end, all it does is essentially devolve the sport into nothing but a sideshow. When a driver(or rider) become nothing but a sideshow all it does take away from the mission of the sport and hurts the image of the sport overall.

In the case of Ms. Patrick she'll have her day, but when things are said and done she'll have to prove to NASCAR and her sponsors that she's more than just a sideshow.

Overall its my hope that neither F1 or MotoGP cave to the pressure of putting a woman. If a woman should be on the grid, it should be through talent rather than trying to run a sideshow like indycar and nascar have been doing.

Nanbawan - Unregistered

February 26, 2013 10:26 PM

Of course it will happen, it's just a matter of time. We'll eventually know about it having an eye on the feeder series. As for now and for the foreseeable future it still seems unlikely.

With a friendlier business climate maybe a team could have taken the bet with Simona de Silvestro but I don't see that happening right now.

Concerning Danica in F1, it's highly improbable, no top team would hire her and she wouldn't be interested in driving a second tier car given her current career opportunities in the US.


February 26, 2013 9:14 PM

I'm all for another female F1 driver and I have no doubt it will happen again. But when it does happen I hope she gets the drive based on driving talent rather than looks and PR opportunity.

We already have an over rated, earring sporting, wannabe model, PR excercise, don't need another one.

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