Sophia Flörsch criticizes motorsport, including elite categories like Formula 1, accusing them of having much more kind words than real actions to increase the inclusion and promotion of female drivers.
Sophia Flörsch, the 21-year-old German driver, was due to race in the ELMS this season with G-Drive Racing, but unfortunately the recent events with the conflict between Ukraine and Russia, caused Russian boss-driver Roman Rusinov not to sign the documents requested by the FIA and withdrew his team from competition in the FIA WEC and ELMS.
Flörsch finds the use of female talents hypocritical
She began her career in karting (2005-2015) before switching to Ginetta Junior (junior GT category in England), she will enter F3 in 2018 and will be highly publicized after her spectacular accident during the Macao Grand Prix the same year. .
We will see her continue in Formula Regional, then F3 with Campos Racing, before moving on to the prototype in ELMS with Richard Mille Racing, then in FIA WEC. In 2021, we will also see her in the DTM, at Algarve Pro Racing again in the ELMS, she was expected at G-Drive Racing in the ELMS in 2022…
Since then, she finds that all the attention has resulted in virtually no progress in her rise in motor racing, despite all the rhetoric about diversity, equality and inclusion. She had already openly criticized the W Series in 2019, reducing this exclusively 100% female championship to a very marketing object.
« Teams are signing female drivers but they don’t have any real chances, » she told Munich-based newspaper Merkur. « They are used to justify modern and chic leitmotifs such as ‘We promote women and equality' », she adds. « In fact, it’s often just a cheaply calculated commitment, most of the time without real support at the level of sport inclusion on an equal playing field. »
She denounces the fact that her spectacular accident in Macau gave her a spotlight on her person, an event that « goes back 3 years already »but beyond that, some sponsors approached him but none of them “does not want to sign by his side yet” on the long term.
« Motorsport moves fast. The accident gave me attention, but from a sporting point of view it was not a step forward, » she said.
Her initial program for 2022 was to include the ELMS and the 24 Hours of Le Mans (which she has already contested twice with Richard Mille Racing in 2020 and 2021), now the German is without a steering wheel for the season, but she does not does not give up on returning to single-seaters and has not given up on his F1 dream.
« At the age of 21, I can and must continue to pursue this goal, » she insists. “With a big budget it would be quick, with a small budget you have to take detours sometimes. investment will pay off. »