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.[…]