Bernie Ecclestone Delieves Women Aren't Strong Enough For F1
21 Avril 2016 - Autoblog
Billionaire Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone can't seem to help himself from making controversial statements, and the prospect of women in F1 is his latest target.
According to the racing magnate, females aren't strong enough to be successful in a grand prix.
"I don't know whether a woman would physically be able to drive an F1 car quickly, and they wouldn't be taken seriously," Ecclestone said in London, The Daily Beast reports. His statement ignores that Susie Wolff was an accomplished test driver at Williams for several seasons.
Ecclestone has voiced a negative opinion on women in F1 for a while. In a 2009 interview with The Times newspaper in the UK, he made an ill-advised joke about the marketability of diversity: "I would love to have a good lady race driver and preferably black and Jewish, too, but they might take maternity leave."
While Ecclestone is clearly against women racing in F1, he doesn't seem against them in motorsports in general. In 2015, Ecclestone suggested creating a support race exclusively for female drivers. "For some reason, women are not coming through - and not because we don't want them. Of course we do, because they would attract a lot of attention and publicity and probably a lot of sponsors," he said at the time. Then again, Bernie also said in 2005 that "Women should be dressed in white, just like all the other domestic appliances," a comment ARCA driver Leilani Münter still takes exception to.