On the surface, it seems really cool to have one or two attractive female drivers on the grid. But that's selfish, and we need to understand just how it will affect the women. Obviously, anyone entering Formula One is entering the deep end of the pool, facing the best drivers in the world, and under enormous pressure. But they are facing the very best, and if they do not have talent or suffer from lack of proper experience, they will fail. A pretty face and tits will get you in the door, but if you expect to last for more than just a few months, you will have to deliver respect and results. These women are realists, and I believe are very capable of making decisions that do not lead to dead ends for their careers.
So what would most likley happen to Natacha and Danica if they did get involved in Formula One as drivers? The first few months would be wonderful for them, a glorious honeymoon. Huge salary, lots of endorsements and fans, life would be good. But like almost all rookies, it will be very difficult to satisify the demands of fans and teams. Once the honeymoon is over, they will have to produce results because of their high profiles. It's extremely difficult for a rookie to make an impact, they only come along about only one per decade. So the odds are is that these ladies will fail by Formula One standards, and be discarded soon after the novelty wears off. Then what happens to them? Used and discarded by the fans and teams, they will have to re-invent themselves and hopefully seek employment in other racing series. That's not a pretty picture, but a scenario I believe will be played out if it ever comes to be.
Lately, rookies have entered Formula One via GP2. But even having success in that series is no guarantee for success in Formula One. Just look at Nelson Piquet Jr. His record before he entered Formula One is stellar. But now he's in Formula One, and definitely struggling.
I would love to see a woman racing in Formula One. I believe that the days of gender inequality is history, and it's only a matter of time before a woman steps to the top podium of racing. But I believe that the right woman has not arrived yet.
A proud Canadian, and yes, HOCKEY is our game.