Friday, 3 April 2015

Women in Motorsport Commission president says Formula One needs to open to all

(© Ben Johnston 2015)

President of the FIA’s Women in Motorsport Commission, Michele Mouton believes that Bernie Ecclestone’s idea of an all-female Formula One championship is not suitable saying that the Pinnacle of motorsport needs to open to everyone.

Mouton revealed that the commission would not completely dismiss the idea of an all-female championship as long as it is properly researched.

However Mouton, a former Rally driver believes that female drivers want to compete on equal footing as their male counterparts. Motorsport is one of only three sports that provides equal opportunities for both male and female competitors. The other sports are sailing and horse riding.

IndyCar and NASCAR in America have female drivers racing alongside their male counterparts. Danica Patrick for example has proven she can race in both IndyCar and NASCAR and be successful as too has Sarah Fisher who has her own team in the IndyCar Series.

Former Sauber F1 Team affiliate driver Simona De Silvestro is set to race for the Andretti Autosport team at this year’s Indianapolis 500. Formula One needs to do wake up to the fact that there a lot of very talented female drivers out there who just need to be given a chance to show what they can do.

© Ben Johnston 2015

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