Sir 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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