Jezza13 wrote:I maintain my position that the lack of female participation in motor sports is not due to financial or gender restrictions but by biological & evolutionary. Women, in general, just aren't as interested in motor sport as men & as a result the talent pool available to identify a female driver with the aptitude & skills set to be competitive in the top echelon of world Motorsport is vastly smaller than the males.
I'd agree to the extent female participation at the higher levels of Motorsport is largely not due to financial restrictions, however to claim biology/evolution as the reason is false
Biology would suggest physical issues, with modern cars I don't see physical restrictions being an issue -power steering and the like negates this.
Evolutionary again suggests something permanently ingrained, I'd say it's more issues with society and upbringing than evolution as evolution would suggest again physical issues as well as possibly mental capacity issues to me.
Society is still largely structured with gender roles engrained in upbringing, even with people who are striving towards equality. Boys tend to be brought up playing with cars, encouraged to do more adventurous things and girls towards dolls, cooking toys etc.
Views have moved faster than society can, more females are being seen in traditional male roles, more men in traditional female roles and more kids playing with a range of toys regardless of gender -there is still however a large gap in this leading to less interest by girls in engineering, Motorsports etc.
That said I don't think Formula W is a good step forward, as others have said lots of these women wouldn't make it with their skills whatever their gender.
Formula W to me is saying that women are not capable of competing on a level playing field with men when I think there is no reason they can't, the money would be better sheet at grass roots encouraging more females to try so we have more chance of finding one that has the talent to succeed