Despite Susie Wolff promise, Chloe Grant criticises tactic in F1’s endeavour to achieve gender representation

Managing director of the F1 Academy Susie Wolff has claimed she is doing everything possible to ensure the sport has a female driver in the sport by 2030, but driver Chloe Grant feels these are empty promises and nothing of the sort is likely to happen.

Grant, who races for ART Grand Prix, believes Wolff is just trying to protect her position and is not being honest about the current state of affairs in the F1 Drivers’ Academy.

Chloe Grant. Credit: motorsport.com
Chloe Grant. Credit: motorsport.com

There have been very few women who have raced in F1, but the sport is hopeful that this gender disparity will be addressed in the years to come. Grant, however, feels that there is a big difference in the overall interest of both genders when it comes to being involved in the sport.

“I don’t think there will be a woman in F1 for a long time if I’m being honest and I’d hate to say that but that’s what gonna happen purely because of the fact that the number of men is so much higher at the minute,” Grant said.

Statistically speaking, far more boys enter junior racing competitions compared to girls from a very young age. This naturally skews the probability of featuring in higher level competitions in their favour.

Susie Wolff has spoken in the past about how she has set a deadline of 2030 to see a female driver on the track. Susie did, of course, feature in the 2014 British Grand Prix for Williams herself and for this reason, was seen as an important member to show females that they can also make a living in the echelon of motorsport racing.

While the W-Series didn’t quite go as per plan, Susie has a belief that the right processes are in place to propel women into F1, as the sport’s management is also offering support to see this become a reality.

Reigning world champion Max Verstappen recently said that while it would be great to have female representation in F1, he has his doubts over how they will be able to compete owing to their lack of physical ability to endure the rigours of high-octane racing.

“I think if you look at the percentage of men and women in racing, I think already for men, the percentage is of course very low to get into Formula 1, so naturally, of course, for women, it’s even harder because there are less women,” he said.

Verstappen pointed to tracks like Spa-Franchorchamps or the extreme heat conditions of the Losail circuit as prime examples behind why women will struggle with physical extremities.

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