Sir Stirling Moss: “women lack the mental aptitude to compete in F1”

British former driver Sir Stirling MossSir Stirling Moss says he is “not surprised” there are no women drivers in Formula One as he believes they do not have the mental strength to compete.

The 83-year-old added that, while women have the physical strength, he does not think they have the mental ability to cope with wheel-to-wheel racing. “I think they have the strength, but I don’t know if they’ve got the mental aptitude to race hard, wheel-to-wheel,” he said in comments made in a BBC Radio 5 Live special.

The Williams development driver Susie Wolff, who is hoping to become a Formula One driver, was angered by Moss’s comments.

“I completely disagree with him. It makes me cringe hearing that,” she said. “I’ve got a lot of respect for Sir Stirling and what he achieved, but I think we’re in a different generation.

The Formula One commercial rights holder, Bernie Ecclestone, said he could not see a woman racing for a top team in the near future.  “There’s no reason why a woman shouldn’t be able to compete with a man,” Ecclestone said. “Unfortunately, the way things are, I don’t imagine a lady will ever get the chance to drive a Red Bull or a Ferrari.

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