Men dominate formula One meaning it’s hard for women to get a race seat so could the solution be a womans series
Woman F1 Series
Formula One boss Berine Ecclestone has caused controversy after made a proposal to set up a F1 championship just for woman to run alongside the current series.
Ecclestone is no stranger to controversy after he once compared women to kitchen appliances. In recent years woman have taken up test roles with teams including Susie Wolff who is development driver at Williams and last year became the first female to take part in a grand prix weekend in 22 years and Carmen Jorda at Louts.
Ms Wolff told the Mirror “It’s most definitely not the right way forward,” she told the Daily Mirror. First of all, I don’t know where you’d find a full grid of female drivers who are good enough. Secondly, I have raced my whole career in motorsport as a normal competitor. Why would I ever look for a race where I was only competing against women?
Last year the British prime minster called for reform to make it easier to organise races on public roads. But it will still need secondary legislation
Election 2015: Plans for reform of racing tracks
The British government has got primary legislation through just before the dissolution of parliament to make it easier to create motor-racing circuits on public roads.
The bill was granted Royal Assent on Thursday 26th March. However, the secondary legislation required is expected to have to wait until after the General Election in May.
Currently to hold a race on public roads a act of parliament is required but there has been a campaign headed by the Motor Sports Association (MSA) and Auto-Cycle Union (ACU).
It is Formula One’s biggest team with huge finances but why is Ferrari calling for cost cutting?
F1 needs to be affordable
Ferrari boss Maurizio Arrivabene believes Formula 1 needs to become “a bit more affordable” so the future of the sport secure. He however says proposals for standardised cars are too extreme.
The agenda in latter part of last season was the cost of F1 after Caterham and Marussia went into administration. Marussia now Manor managed to return after a rescue package in early 2015. Following this Force India’s Bob Fernley has repeatedly called for a reduction of costs so that independent teams can survive .
Arrivabene told Autosport “We have to do our best to make Formula 1 a bit more affordable. I have to say it is a work in progress at the moment and everybody – they are really committed.”
With Germany losing its grand prix how does a three-time champion feel?
Respect the past
Three-time world champion Sir Jackie Stewart has expressed sorrow over the downfall of the German Grand Prix because of financial problems.
Steward has called for more to be done to protect key races such as Italy, Britain and Monaco. He says the sport must respect history. He told The Guardian “They should always be on the calendar – it’s terrific we have a US Grand Prix, a Brazilian Grand Prix, one in Bahrain, and that we are going to new countries.”
That’s all from this edition of Reporters