Women in Motorsports

Women in Motorsports

In 2016, former Formula 1 boss, Bernie Ecclestone said female drivers would “not be taken seriously” in Formula 1 and that they are “not physically” able to drive an F1 car fast. As you can imagine these statements caused controversy as they reignited the stereotype of women not being able to handle sport to the same standard as men, particular motorsport.


Former Formula 1 test driver, Susie Wolff, hit back at Ecclestone’s view by saying: “A woman can be physically fit enough to drive a Formula 1 car. I did the race distance in Barcelona so I have proved that it is possible." Wolff went on to say that women could be successful in Formula 1. In 2012, Wolff said that the reason there were too few women in Formula 1 wasn’t because they wouldn’t be successful in it, but because young girls “have no-one to aspire to grow up”. After all, the majority of big figures in Formula 1 and in motorsport, in general, are men.


A combination of these attitudes and the fact that there are no female lead drivers in Formula 1 and other motorsports have led to people like Wolff taking action. Wolff in partnership with the Motor Sports Association (MSA) launched the "Dare To Be Different Initiative". It is designed to inspire, connect and celebrate all the women working in every aspect of motorsports.


The aim of the initiative is to give young girls and women role models in motorsports, which are currently lacking. They want to smash the perception that women cannot succeed in motorsports and therefore there is no point in women getting involved. Because it isn’t true. Women can easily succeed in motorsports and encouraging more young women to get involved is the perfect step to begin the removal of prejudice and stigma surrounding women in Formula 1