Alpine’s F1 driver Pierre Gasly has recently expressed his optimism about the likelihood of competing against a female driver in Formula One during his career. His statements highlight ongoing efforts to foster female participation in the high-octane world of motorsports.
- Gasly’s Positive Outlook: Alpine driver Pierre Gasly is optimistic about seeing a female driver in Formula One before his retirement, reflecting the growing support for women in motorsports.
- Susie Wolff’s Legacy and Efforts: The last woman to participate in a Formula One weekend, Susie Wolff, now significantly contributes to nurturing female talent through the F1 Academy, which is instrumental in providing women with pathways into professional racing, including F1.
- Emerging Female Talents: Recent developments have spotlighted female drivers like Marta Garcia and Jessica Hawkins, who are making notable progress. Garcia’s success in the F1 Academy and Hawkins’ test drive with Aston Martin signify a shift towards greater female representation in elite motorsports.
In recent years, Formula One has seen a significant push towards inclusivity, with initiatives aimed at increasing female participation in this traditionally male-dominated sport. Susie Wolff, a pivotal figure in this movement, has made strides in bridging the gender gap through her role as the managing director of the F1 Academy. This program offers young female drivers essential opportunities to advance their careers.
In 2024, the F1 Academy is set to integrate further into the Formula One ecosystem, with its races being part of F1 weekends and receiving broadcast coverage, responding to fans’ demands. This increased visibility is accompanied by support from F1 teams, each sponsoring a driver in the series.
The effects of these efforts are already evident. Marta Garcia won the inaugural F1 Academy series, earning a spot with PREMA Racing in the Formula Regional European Championship. British driver Jessica Hawkins, after a test drive with Aston Martin, has been appointed as the Head of Racing for the F1 Academy. These are just examples of the emerging female talent in the sport.
Alpine’s Pierre Gasly, acknowledging this progress, shared his views with RaceFans:
“I would not be surprised. I think it is definitely possible [for a woman to race in F1 before the end of his career]. There is a lot of efforts put in place from the organisation, from our team in supporting women in our sports category. I’m sure if one woman really shows that she’s got the speed and talents to be part of the 20 best drivers in the world, I’m sure she’ll be given an opportunity. If you look at the percentage of men and women in racing, I think already for men the percentage [chance] is of course very low to get into Formula 1. So naturally, of course, for women, it’s even harder because there are less women. I do think physically driving F1 in some places is quite tough but I do think that it’s all train-able if you work hard for it. But it is, of course, naturally a little bit harder for a woman. But if you have enough talent, then of course it is possible because I don’t think team bosses are people who make decisions to choose their drivers, and look at it like ‘oh, no, we only go for men’. If there’s a woman who is beating everyone else, then naturally they will have the opportunity to get to Formula 1, but it’s just that there are less women in the sport and naturally, of course, the percentage to make it to the top is lower.”
Gasly’s comments reflect a broader change in the Formula One landscape, signaling a future where talent and hard work, regardless of gender, are the primary criteria for success on the world’s most prestigious racing stage.