"It has to be said that the technical level in the US does not compare to the level in F1, said Niki Lauda when asked about Patrick at the weekend. "This is also reflected in the drivers."
Red Bull's Dr Helmut Marko was also of a similarly dismissive frame of mind when asked what Patrick's success on the predominantly oval-racing US racing circuit meant for F1.
"You have to look at Danica's results in the road races," he said. "It's not enough." He did add that he'd still happily give Danica Patrick a test opportunity in F1 if she was interested, however, but that she would have to prove herself from there. "We are looking for drivers based on performance, not by quota."
Wolff herself agreed with that sentiment.
"Of course I had to come in, I had to earn respect from the team members but any drivers has this responsibility. But I must say I had no issues at at all," she said.
In any case, Patrick has already politely declined Marko's back-handed offer, calling it "nice" but insisting that she had "never been really interested" in following that path.
"It is speculation in the media, but it has never been seriously discussed," insisted Patrick. "I do not need to be in F1 to have a full life."
F1's current world champion Sebastian Vettel
is probably happy to hear that. "First of all, hats off to Danica for her achievements," said Sebastian Vettel
last week while attending the pre-season test session at the Circuit de Catalunya. "But motor sport in the US just has a completely different culture."
And indeed it does seem that in Danica's case, it's perhaps more a matter of her nationality than her gender that would get in the way of any already-improbable move into F1 in the future.
"The last American who had success in Europe was Mario Andretti," pointed out Niki Lauda. "And that was in my day!"
As for Wolff, she's optimistic about her own chances of crashing through the glass barrier and earning a place on the F1 starting grid in her own right in the future.
“I've done more time in the car now. I feel even more comfortable in the car, it doesn't seem like it's an unrealistic dream," she said. "The tests went very well, there was no issues physically, there was no issues with not being able to handle the car.