TOP 3: Female drivers who can stake a claim for F1 seat

Back in 1958, Maria Terese de Filippis was the first female to race in Formula One and since then, there have only been five women to grace the sport.

Formula 1 is one of the few sports where the difference in male-to-female participation ratio is huge.

Motorsports have always been considered a man’s territory. That’s why we are on our quest to find female racers who have the potential to enter F1 and break the myth that women can’t drive.

We have a list of three women racers who we think can enter F1 and take this male dominated sport to the next level.

Jamie Chadwick:

Chadwick has been the talk of the town since she won the inaugural W series back in 2019. She is currently competing in the Formula Regional European Championship and also joined Williams Driver Academy as a development driver in 2019.

She was the first-ever female to win a British F3 race with a massive victory at Brands Hatch. Chadwick also became the first female to win the MRF title.

2019 was an amazing year for Jamie and all our hopes are pinned on her as she makes her way up in the sport.

Maya Weug:

Maya caught everyone’s attention when she became the first female member of the Ferrari Driver Academy. She was the winner of Girls on Track- Rising Stars Initiative, which is jointly run by Ferrari and the FIA.

Maya’s inclusion in the Ferrari Driver Academy is a clear indication that the sport is increasingly becoming balanced. Though it is too soon to say as she is only 16, we are hoping to see her international presence a lot more.

Sophia Floersch:

Sophia is a German racing driver currently competing in the FIA World Endurance Championship with the Richard Mille Racing Team. She has also raced in FIA Formula 3, Formula Regional European Championship, Formula 4 in both Germany and Italy.

At the 2018 Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix final, she collided with Sho Tsuboi’s car and her car flew over the safety barriers before coming to a stop.

She faced several spine injuries during that crash. But, she was back in her seat after just four months and even received the World Comeback of the Year at the 2020 Laureus World Sports Awards.

Following her mind-blowing comeback, it will be interesting to see her future in this sport.

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