F1 » Stirling Moss: Women 'lack mental aptitude' for F1

"I don't know if they've got the mental aptitude to race hard, wheel-to-wheel," says British F1 legend.

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Mike - Unregistered

April 16, 2013 2:06 AM

It's obvious women aren't generally as spatially aware,
or as physically strong as men.
And who is stopping them taking up motorsport anyhow?
Is it because they aren't interested?
Men and Women are different, and complement each other, why is it sexist or chauvinistic to acknowledge this?

Luke - Unregistered

April 16, 2013 2:38 AM

There is nothing to suggest women can't do as well as men in racing, its just its a male dominated sport so the likelyness of getting a world class female driver is much lower by percentage, but i wouldn't rule it out in the future.


April 16, 2013 2:52 AM

Actually, her record in Indy cars is pretty good. With the exception of one year, she finished in the top ten in all her other seasons. Her best year, 2009, she finished 5th ahead of Kanaan, Rahal, Andretti, Wilson, Wheldon, Hunter-Raey, Will Power and every one else. It seems that if she doesn't do much better than the guys then she is considered not very good but if she was a tailender then people would say she shouldn't be racing although they accept all the male tailenders.

Mike - Unregistered

April 16, 2013 3:07 AM

@ Maxx
"what you describe is very much a generalisation and only accurate on the basis that, it is thought, caused by family environment and gender channelled activities during schooling."

As part of my job I drive a small tractor past a kindergarden. A lot of little boy's will gather at the fence to see what to them looks like the ultimate toy. very rarely will a little girl be present. This tells me little girls aren't interested in boys toys.Why is it so difficult for people to see that the difference between the sexes is hard wired in the psyche, and not due to environment ,or channeled activities as the immature, man angry feminists would like us all to believe.

prof-x - Unregistered

April 16, 2013 4:54 AM

a lot of people on this forum presuppose awareness comes from birth. Seems like a lot of unaware people talking about things they have little awareness of. Also those tests have nothing to do with being 'aware' of someone or your proximity about the car your driving they have to do with comprehension and form manipulation. You dont come out of the womb ready to win chess championships or win races, some of the elite in this world might want you to think otherwise though :)

pete - Unregistered

April 16, 2013 5:45 AM

I suppose this is just another foot in mouth comment Moss has made. He seems to do it every few months, shame given his legacy.

Unlike Moss, we were not born when women didn't even have the right to vote. Moss probably didn't even think a woman should be or could be a Prime Minister, go into space, be a CEO of a multi-national company or gasp.... a principal at a British F1 team.

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