Stefano Domenicali commented on the possibilities of a girl driving within the elite motor racing championship

Formulation One mustn’t anticipate to see a feminine driver in its ranks within the subsequent 5 years, in keeping with its president, Stefano Domenicali.

The Italian said that although it’s “essential to offer the utmost chance for girls to come back” to the elite motorsport championship, which it’s “completely devoted to,” he added that “realistically talking, until there’s something like a meteorite, I do not see a lady coming into F1 within the subsequent 5 years”.

“That may be very unlikely,” Domenicali added, whereas claiming that F1 is “working to see what we are able to do to enhance the system.”

F1 has proven a need to do that by selling the W Sequence at its Grands Prix this season which has solely feminine racers.

“We’re very proud of the collaboration with Formulation W,” Domenicali stated on this.

“However we consider that to have the ability to give the possibility to women to be on the similar stage of competitors with the blokes, they have to be on the similar age after they begin to battle on the observe on the stage of Formulation 3 and Formulation 2.

“We’re engaged on that to see what we are able to do to enhance the system. And you’ll quickly see some motion,” he vowed.

“We wish to construct up the appropriate parameters with the appropriate method for them to start out racing in opposition to the blokes, on the proper age, with the appropriate automobile.”

Domenicali didn’t increase on what plans there are to ease girls into F1, however the likes of two-time W Sequence champion Jamie Chadwick have stated she is “completely happy to be the guinea pig” relating to integration regardless of additionally confessing she just isn’t certain girls can deal with the bodily calls for required to chop it on the prime stage as F2 and F3 vehicles haven’t got the ability steering that their F1 counterparts do. 

“With out energy steering and [a] driving large, heavy vehicles, loads of girls do battle, though they’ve been profitable in go-karting,” the Brit famous.

So far, solely two girls, each compatriots of Domenicali’s, have began an F1 Grand Prix.

Within the Fifties, Maria Teresa de Filippis tried 5 instances whereas Lella Lombardi participated in 12 races all through the mid-Nineteen Seventies and was the one one of many pair to attain factors by getting half of 1 when ending sixth within the 1975 Spanish Grand Prix.

Domenicali was talking at a press convention forward of the Belgian Grand Prix this week and in addition revealed that discussions had been going down to carry a race in South Africa with out specifying whether or not this might occur in 2023 or 2024. 

China can be making an attempt to make its method again onto the calendar after being absent since 2019, however Domenicali identified that whereas Covid fears and rules have difficult this, progress is on the horizon. 

“Covid is unclear, and all the key sports activities leagues are ready to grasp what’s going on, [but] we consider we can have a transparent steering on what’s the situation for China sooner or later by the tip of this yr,” Domenicali stated, whereas highlighting how Chinese language Group occasion elections in October are additionally essential. 

After these, “the primary level will likely be to grasp what are the Covid rules utilized in that nation after which we’ll see how the state of affairs will evolve,” Domenicali harassed.

When probed on whether or not China’s human rights file and isolation on the world stage might put the Chinese language Grand Prix below menace, the F1 chief remarked that “the political line of the game is at all times very skinny” and that the championship wants “to be at all times prudent”

“However we at all times stated we wish to put the highlight on our constructive values. In all of the international locations, we’re going to be highlighting what we consider is the appropriate factor to spotlight. If it’s not occurring, we’ll take the appropriate determination to maneuver out,” he added. 

Elsewhere, Saudi Arabia will stay on the calendar regardless of drivers being shaken by a rocket assault on an oil refinery close to the observe in Jeddah on race weekend again in March. 

“They’re pushing to vary what they consider is the appropriate option to transfer ahead,” Domenicali stated concerning guarantees by the Kingdom to enhance its human rights file.

“You can not anticipate a millennial tradition to maneuver from day to nighttime however we’ll assist with our highlight to ensure what they promised will likely be delivered. In any other case, then issues will likely be completely different,” Domenicali claimed.

Transferring ahead, Domenicali believes that the race calendar might have 24 races subsequent yr as “the market has requested this quantity”.

Something lower than 23 or 24, described because the “tipping level”, just isn’t attainable as the standard European Grands Prix “can’t be anticipated to have the monetary power to cowl the cash the others are paying” he acknowledged in a nod the monetary may of the Center East and Asia.

With native favourite and reigning world champion Max Verstappen presently main the drivers’ standings, F1 resumes this weekend with the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa Francorchamps.

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