Company plans Formula 1 for women
It becomes more concrete: A company from London is working on plans for its own women’s series. And this despite criticism from many quarters.
Despite persistent criticism, plans for a formula 1 specially created for women seem to take shape.
According to a report by the Press Association, a London-based company plans to launch the new motorsport series as early as 2019. The Agency draws on a letter from the company containing specific proposals for Formula 1 for women.
The SHE Championship, so obviously the intended name, should consist of six races. Five of these will be staged in Europe, the sixth of which will be held in the USA. A spokesman for the company said cautiously:”We will not announce anything in the next few months, as we are still doing a lot of research and refining the strategy”.
Recently, the former Formula 1 test driver Carmen Jorda had proposed her own series for women and was criticised by many. Toto Wolff, head of motorsport at the Formula 1 racing team Mercedes, also thinks nothing of the idea.
“A women’s championship of our own would mean that we would give up our mission to have women race men in Formula 1 at some point in the future. It devalues what girls are capable of doing,”said Wolff, whose wife Susie Wolff was active as a test driver in the F1, to the Guardian.
Pippa Mann, who caused a sensation in the IndyCar series, described the plans as “ridiculous”.
“I know many female racers, some of them victorious in their races, in normal, non-separate series that can no longer drive because they lack financial support. And yet these people believe it’s the solution to spend money on a breakup.”