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Stirling Moss: Women 'lack mental aptitude' for F1

In response, Wolff pointed to Italy's Lella Lombardi who made 12 Grand Prix starts between 1974 and 1976, once of five female drivers to have competed in F1 race weekends in the past.

Wolff also suggested that Danica Patrick's high profile success in the US in NASCAR and IndyCar demonstrated that women drivers are up to the challenge today, with some stock car races lasting for over three hours with oval racing taking immense physical stamina and mental concentration.

F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has been said to be keen on developing F1's own 'Danica' and has even been reportedly behind moves to tempt Patrick herself into the world championship. He for one doen't share Moss's thoughts that women have no place in the sport.

"There's no reason why a woman shouldn't be able to compete with a man," he said - but added that he felt it unlikely that he would see a female driver in a top team like Ferrari or Red Bull in his lifetime and that it would have to be with one of the backmarker teams instead.

"Regretfully, the problem is that many ladies who could compete probably as well as the guys won't get chance," he said.

Wolff is hoping that he'd wrong about that: "I'm in a position where I'm just trying to get into F1, but I do believe that it's possible for a women to get in, otherwise I wouldn't be doing this," she said.




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Skooter - Unregistered

April 15, 2013 1:41 PM

Yet ironically Michelle Mouton said something almost identical back in the 80's when she was driving a group B car, I guess its okay for a woman to say it about other women, but not a man saying it about women.



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