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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February 26, 2013 1:54 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.


February 26, 2013 2:06 PM

oldtimer. well said.

i reckon susie is just agitating things as she hopes to be the next female in f1, courtesy of her hubby.

but both susie, and legge (who was reasonable in indycar) had goes in dtm, and trailed around at the back. mind you, they were dicing with an f1 legend (dc) !

now that the cars are so automated, it should be easier for a female to be competitive, but i would suggest that they try and show their prowess in the feeder series. if they win the gp2 or 3.5, ON MERIT, then they may have a shot in f1. but until they can succeed there, it is only marketing that would ive them a sniff at f1!

Paulo339 - Unregistered

February 26, 2013 2:08 PM

I'm all for female drivers in F1, providing they are good enough, and I believe Susie is good enough for a place on the grid. Sure her career results don't smack of success but I believe other factors should be considered in this. Her race-pace in DTM has always been good, but the Merc sub-team she was in didn't provide strategies for her to progress, having to allow top team drivers key pit windows etc.
Susie did well in Formula Renault before DTM.
As for future female drivers, there don't seem to be many breaking through at the moment.

Sidhant panda - Unregistered

February 26, 2013 2:13 PM

Female drivers can certainly drive in Formula 1 ......as far as the physical aspect of driving formula cars ....its not as brutal as it used to be back in those days .... In today's world they can do everything guys can .But they shud get there on the basis of merit like the rest and not just because they are female like susie wolf is stating with bernie pushing for it. 1 pole in daytona dsnt make ANYBODY good enogh for F1 (male or Female)

Piercarlogassolini - Unregistered

February 26, 2013 3:13 PM

@mix - sorry, I didn't mention Michelle Mouton because rallying, like NASCAR, demands a different skill set, but you are right to recall her, she trully was the exception to the rule and IMO the best female race car driver ever by some distance.

Matt - Unregistered

February 26, 2013 4:20 PM

I could not care less if there is none or fiftheen female riders in any serie in world. What i care is that there is BEST riders in their field. We are alredy losing talent for payriders and at some point we are gonna lose talent because of female riders. The fastest guy/girl should get the racing seat, balls or no balls.


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.

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 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.

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