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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John - Unregistered

April 16, 2013 4:55 PM

"how many women have ever got to try their hand in one of the top series"

You get into the top series by winning in the lower series. The reason why women don't get into the top series is their failure to win in the lower series.

Danica Patrick came close to getting a shot in F1 - in spite of the fact that her career in lower series included such results as finishing 19th out 0f 20 drivers in Formula Ford GB.

I see that decades of left-wing thought control are having an effect on people.

John - Unregistered

April 16, 2013 5:06 PM

"There is nothing to suggest women can't do as well as men in racing"

Nothing other than a century of historical evidence to the contrary.

You might as well have written "There is nothing to suggest women can't do as well as men in football". I mean, have Man United ever even tried out a female mid-fielder?


April 16, 2013 5:44 PM

john. you usually post reasonable comments, but you are now showing a bit of chauvinism.
maybe females do not have the same attraction to mechanical sports as males, but the ones that have competed have usually been quite successful. in the days of really tough racing (1920s) and when brawn was needed (not ross!), there was a female who was often victorious. (cant remember her name, offhand) then we have rallying, where pat moss manhandled an ah3000 to victories, beating top males. have you ever driven a 3000? you need muscles! and then we go on to the likes of michelle mouton, rosemary smith, ellen lohr, sabine schmidt etc etc. any of these would or could have been in f1.

football is a bit different as it is a contact sport

Rod Ende - Unregistered

April 16, 2013 7:54 PM

From the man who drove anything that moved and won over two hundred races in the process and was the toughest bravest driver of his era he is entitled to an opinion.All he said was he did not know when some turkey of a journalist fed him the question.

John - Unregistered

April 16, 2013 8:23 PM

"maybe females do not have the same attraction to mechanical sports as males, but the ones that have competed have usually been quite successful."

What's your definition of "quite successful"? Did I mention that Danica Patrick finished 19th out of 20 drivers in the 2001 Formula For GB? How many men could do that and get a shot at a higher tier of racing?

For all the twaddle about "chauvinism" the reality is that women are given preferential treatment in most walks of life - motor racing very much included.

Mark _

April 16, 2013 8:46 PM

Wow John I am not sure what is more disturbing, your views on women or your tin foil hat wearing claim of "left-wing thought control". Like Richard said normally your posts are well reasoned. Perhaps this is not the same John? I am not a fan of Danica but I don't think that she is a very good reference point as she has never been as strong on road courses as she is on ovals. Clearly she has the aptitude to race wheel to wheel with men. Like someone else posted F1 and racing in general just shows the talents of the well to do. Those with the most natural ability will typically never even get the opportunity to show it.


April 16, 2013 9:21 PM

john. i already mentioned a few names. you should do some research to find out that females have the ability to succeed in a male dominated sport.
by the way, red bull have just signed a female to their academy, PURELY on her ability.

Darth Vader - Unregistered

April 16, 2013 10:08 PM

I love women however, I feel women should be women and not Men dressed as women. In other words just stick to looking marvelous creatures who can stop wars and make cars crash! Who can turn sad days into happy ones. Whats wrong with wanting ladies to be ladies?
Why turn them into men?

Kyunoske - Unregistered

April 16, 2013 10:53 PM

I read every comment and if you add sexist to your post, you are automatically disagreed with by at least one person.

Simona is proving that she can race in Indycar when given a good car. Danica is not a road course racer as she gets better results on ovals.

I do think eventually there will be a talented woman that will drive in F1. I'm not saying today, but how many people in the US would have thought we would have a minority president 60 years ago.

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