When Italian Lella Lombardi introduced her Brabham BT44B house in twelfth place on the 1976 Austrian Grand Prix she grew to become the final girl to compete in a Formula 1 World Championship race. The championship began its 72nd season on 28 March but of the 767 drivers who’ve began a Grand Prix solely two of them are women. It’s an astounding statistic. Astounding and embarrassing.
And it’s not simply Components 1; motorsport per se appears to have an issue with feminine contributors. World Championship Rallying and IndyCar racing – North America’s semi-equivalent of Components 1 – have fared barely higher. Each have seen a single feminine victor on the highest degree, however when you think about that each one three championships have been operating for many years it’s a paltry return.
Elsewhere it’s a blended, however not plentiful, bag. A extra encouraging statistic maybe is that 61 ladies have began the distinguished Le Mans 24 Hour Race (amongst 1000’s of males). But even a extra trendy racing collection such because the all-electric Components E has seen solely three ladies begin a race. The reality is, till lately you have been extra more likely to see a lady standing on the beginning grid in a swimsuit than you have been to see one in a racing automotive. Solely 5 years in the past ex-Components 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone was nonetheless saying ladies couldn’t be taken significantly in Grand Prix racing.