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Female F1 championship would be the right answer – Carmen Jorda

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Lotus development driver Carmen Jorda thinks that, Female F1 championship would be the right answer and it’s to help support women into Formula 1.

Last weekend at Malaysia, Formula 1 boss created a stir by suggesting women should be promoted in motorsport with the creation of a female-only championship, the proposal immediately drew the irritation of several female racers, including Williams test driver Susie Wolff, FIA European F3 driver Tatiana Calderon, and VLN endurance pilot Michela Cerruti.

Williams F1 test driver Susie Wolff, who dismissed it as ‘not the right way forward’

Tatiana Calderon – “No need for a femaleF1 series, we’re capable of competing at the highest level of Motorsport! Once visor goes down we’re all racing drivers”

Michela Cerruti – “What’s the sense in full female championship? Make a show and amuse people, don’t tell me there would be a talent research in that #bullshit”

“I think society has changed a lot in the last few decades,” Carmen Jorda told the official F1 website.

“You see women in better jobs, managing to have careers of their own in areas that were deemed male for a long time. Nowadays you see women competing in their own championships in most sports: football, tennis, skiing – you name it – and in none of these championships are men and women competing against

Q: Having a woman in a cockpit creates a lot of hype, so sponsors should be loving it. Why aren’t they coming forward and demanding teams take on female drivers?

CJ: Because they all dream of winning, and they believe that a woman cannot win in F1. That’s why I think a female F1 championship would be the right answer. And there are prominent supporters to that idea, as we have seen lately!

Q: What was the highest barrier, the biggest handicap, in your racing career so far?

CJ: When I was very young – I had only started racing in go-karts – I had a podium finish and the guy who ended in P3 started to cry. When they asked him why, he said it was because a girl beat him. That’s the reaction of men everywhere in racing – they try to push you down!

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