If anyone put's a 'token' driver in an F1 seat for any reason other than pure and recognised publicity (track day PR event etc), then they're negligent and should be treated as such. Was this driver suitable for the testing they were doing? If so, it's just a tragic accident and nothing more. There is nothing more to add or say. Anyone suggesting sex was a contributing factor is of a mind so small that, well, I won't use big words, they won't understand - really, it's not the 50's. Capability is based on skill, not gender or race.
If, however,this was a ploy to use a female simply to grab some headlines, which has backfired. Someone needs to loose their job and probably, some cash.
An F1 test, I would have thought, would be suitable only to those with the skills to offer credible feedback to make the test warranted in the first place. There is no room in testing high risk equipment (of any kind) for PR stunts. Period.
I'm sure we all hope she makes a great recovery and hopefully can race again.
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