Bernie: Door's not yet open for women

Sunday 16th March 2014

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Bernie: Door's not yet open for women

Bernie: Door's not yet open for women

Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone has doubts over whether a female driver will soon be given a chance to prove herself in a grand prix.

"The big problem with a woman, even if she's good enough, is having the opportunity to show that," Ecclestone told Australian newspaper The Age.

"Because a team won't take a woman driver unless they bring them massive sponsorship.

"So you could have a very, very good woman driver and she would not get what she deserves.

"Susie Wolff [Williams F1 development driver] is good, but will she ever be in a position to show how good she is? I doubt it."

Earlier in the year, Sauber made Simona De Silvestro an affiliated driver to train for her super license and prepare to drive for the team in the 2015 Formula One season.

De Silvestro is eventually aiming to become the first female driver to qualify for a race since Italian Lella Lombardi, who qualified for 12 Grands Prix in 1975 and 1976.

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