There are sports where women and men compete against each other directly - equestrianism, for example. That is very similar to motor racing in that the work of moving around is done not by the rider/driver but by the horse/car. And, yes, equestrianism is physical, to which anyone who has ridden a horse can attest.piast9 wrote: ↑Tue Oct 11, 2022 9:44 pmWhy do most people assume that the goal is to promote female drivers in the male-dominated senior formulae? Is it even possible? Physical strength and endurance are quite essential in racing. Nobody suggests female athletes should compete with male in 100 m sprint for example. Which only makes me have all the more respect for drivers like Michèle Mouton or Danica Patrick who have achieved success in their respective racing categories.
Women could drive an F1 car because the power steering takes care of that part of the strength side of things. Women seem to have a higher tolerance of g-forces - at least in the way that it is applied in centrifuges / aircraft, so the loadings shouldn't be an issue either. Getting fit and strong enough to drive an F1 car is not the issue.
The issue, as with many male drivers, is that getting sufficient sponsorship to get through the junior formulae and then get a chance of a drive in an F1 car, is very, very difficult. And there are lots of men and very few women in motorsport, which makes the chances of a woman managing it even harder.
And then there is the central issue with sport in general - traditionally, it's mostly men that watch it. And for some reason, men don't want to watch women's sport. I would guess because seeing women being better at it than they are themselves is bad for their ego. I don't like football (soccer for our US friends) but did enjoy watching some of the women's Euro competition earlier this year. I also enjoyed watching the women's cricket this summer. But then I don't have an ego in either of those areas - I dislike football and know my cricketing skills are very limited having tried playing a bit a few years ago. I'm happy to watched skilful players of either gender play cricket.