Exediron wrote: pokerman wrote: Jezza13 wrote:
Ruste13 wrote:Then why aren't there more?
In my opinion this argument has one answer byt no one wants to say it. Females dont make as good racing drivers as Males.
Wow, I didnt burst into flames!
Why though is the question & to me it's simply that the available talent pool of female drivers is far shallower than the males so it stands that the odds are that those that do have a go are more likely to be of a lower standard than the males.
I don't think there's any physical barrier preventing females from being just as good as males. Danica Patrick proved that. On her day she could match it with the fella's so I think potentially a female driver could match her male counterparts. Michele Mounton is another example. I just don't think a vast majority of females are interested in participating in motor racing to begin with.
Also, as a rebuttal to the argument of those who believe the absence of a female driver in the top echelon of motor racing is down to the lack of a female role model, Danica Patrick started racing in Indy cars in 2004 & stock car racing in 2010. She's an Indy car race winner, benefited from massive exposure during her career & has been an advocate for getting women into motor sport, yet as of today, the Indy car series is totally devoid of female drivers, as is the Nascar & Indy lights series'. Where are the waves of female drivers who should be taking US motor sport by storm on the back of Patricks exploits? They're nowhere to be seen. There might be 1 or 2, I don't know, but certainly not the numbers you'd expect to see if the role model argument was valid.
In terms of F1 Danica Patrick was well below standard for that kind of racing.
Is that really relevant? If you can find a female who's among the best (sometimes) on oval racing, and a female who's dominant at rally racing, why couldn't there be one - yet to be discovered - who's at the same level in circuit racing?
Because quite frankly, they don't exist!
Heck, 98% of drivers are male and of those MAYBE 10% are good enough to stand out in different tiers of racing, and of those 10% less than 1% are good enough to make it to F1. With there being vastly much fewer females participating through all tiers of racing, the chances of finding that needle in a haystack is even more difficult, but "IF" there were t be one out there, do you THINK such a female would not be recruited to drive for top teams in many different categories??!?!? I mean that would be a no-brainer because the publicity alone would garner so much exposure and media coverage that sponsors would be knocking down the door to be associated with such a team & driver, similar to Danica Patrick's career. She was a solid driver and on her day was pretty damn impressive, but those days were quite few and far in between, yet she was always paid well and the teams she was on were WELL sponsored, and on days where she did well you'd see her, the team and the sponsors plastered all over TV Screens all over the world, several times over.
There have been a few prospects over the last 15-20 years, but the reality is none of them have been good enough and Danica was likely of f the very best female drivers we've ever seen. I realize there are other women out there doing respectably well in several series, but not one of them command the attention the way Hamilton, Vandoorne, Verstappen, Norris, Albon, Russel, Ricciardo, Vettel, etc, did when they were battling for wins and titles in the lower categories, and even then, not all of them set the world ablaze, so just because a woman dominates in say GP2, it doesn't mean they'd be good enough to stay in F1.
Looking at Alexander Rossi… the guy is the real deal, yet he's wasting his time racing here in the states because he can't find a seat in F1 for several reasons. If a guy THAT GOOD can't find a ride, what makes anyone THINK that any woman who couldn't ride his tailpipes is deserving of a shot in F1? And why? Because she's a woman? Off that!!! I look at every person in a car as a DRIVER first and foremost and if you judge drivers solely on that criteria, I'm willing to GO ALL IN on a wager that not a single one of the top 10 drivers in every series you can imagine, is female.