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Bernie Ecclestone says women Formula One drivers ‘would not be taken seriously’

 

Bernie Ecclestone says women Formula One drivers \'would not be taken seriously\' Bernie Ecclestone has shot down a campaign to encourage more women into Formula One before it has got off the ground, warning that the sport may never have another female driver.

Just a week on from the death of Maria Teresa de Filippis aged 89, the first woman to compete in a grand prix, Ecclestone said women drivers would “not be taken seriously”. Bernie Ecclestone says women Formula One drivers \'would not be taken seriously\'

The chief executive’s comments caused dismay among current aspiring female drivers as well as Susie Wolff, the former Williams test driver, who yesterday launched her “Dare to be Different” campaign.

“If there was somebody that was capable, they wouldn’t be taken seriously anyway, so they would never have a car that is capable of competing,” Ecclestone told TSN, the Canadian television network.

This time last year he was developing plans for an all-female championship but it did not receive the support of the teams. Wolff, the 33-year-old, was among those most strident in her opposition.[…]

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