The Aston Martin driver found the words used by the president of Formula 1 to evoke a possible female presence on the starting grid in the years to come inappropriate.
No woman has taken part in a Formula 1 Grand Prix since Lella Lombardi during the 1976 season, despite the creation in 2019 of the W Series, a championship entirely dedicated to promoting female talent.
Nevertheless, Stefano Domenicali does not see any of these rookies landing a steering wheel in F1 in the medium term.
“It is crucial to give women as many opportunities as possible to arrive in Grand Prix and this is something we are actively working on with the FIA, says the CEO of Formula 1. I have to be realistic, though, and unless something like a meteor hits Earth, it’s highly unlikely that one will get a bucket within the next five seasons. »
Accusing the Italian of having chosen his words poorly, Vettel reacted by believing that this reflection could have negative consequences on many careers in women’s motorsport.
« Each of these drivers are regularly confronted with this type of statement during their journey, but I don’t see why they shouldn’t have their place on the grid and I encourage them to prove Stefano wrong, he protests. This kind of stereotype has no place here. »
« It is possible that a father, reading this kind of statement, advises his daughter to concentrate on something else and that her dream of being able to race in Formula 1 one day falls into the water » laments Vettel.
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In the past decade, only Susie Wolff has come close to ending the wait by making four official test appearances for the Williams team.
Toto’s wife, however, never took part in a race and retired soon after. More recently, the name of Jamie Chadwick, twice crowned in the W Series, has been mentioned but she would first have to measure herself against the male competitors in F3 or F2 to find out for sure.