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Stefano Domenicali: F1 chief doesn’t count on feminine driver in subsequent 5 years


Formula 1 president Stefano Domenicali
Components 1 president Stefano Domenicali says he believes the racing calendar may embrace 24 occasions subsequent 12 months

Components 1 president Stefano Domenicali says he doesn’t count on a girl to race on the prime stage of the game within the subsequent 5 years.

Domenicali stated it was “essential to provide the utmost chance for girls to come back to F1 – we’re completely devoted to that”.

However he added: “Realistically talking, until there’s something like a meteorite, I do not see a lady coming into F1 within the subsequent 5 years.

“That may be very unlikely.”

Domenicali added that F1 was “working to see what we will do to enhance the system”.

Solely two girls, each Italian, have ever began an F1 World Championship grand prix.

Maria Teresa de Filippis competed 5 occasions within the Nineteen Fifties, and Lella Lombardi took half in 12 races within the mid-Nineteen Seventies.

Lombardi is the one feminine to attain factors – she gained half a degree for ending sixth within the truncated 1975 Spanish Grand Prix.

F1 is selling the female-only W Sequence by working its races at grands prix this season.

Domenicali stated: “We’re very proud of the collaboration with Components W.

“However we consider that to have the ability to give the prospect to women to be on the similar stage of competitors with the fellows, they must be on the similar age after they begin to combat on the observe on the stage of Components 3 and Components 2.

“We’re engaged on that to see what we will do to enhance the system. And you will notice quickly some motion.

“We need to construct up the appropriate parameters with the appropriate method for them to begin racing in opposition to the fellows, on the proper age, with the appropriate automotive.”

Jamie Chadwick
Britain’s Jamie Chadwick has stated she could be “blissful to be the guinea pig” for feminine drivers in Components 1

Two-time W Sequence champion Jamie Chadwick is aiming for F1, however has stated she isn’t positiveexternal-link whether or not girls will be capable of deal with the bodily calls for presently required to make it there.

One subject is that whereas F1 vehicles have energy steering, these in F2 and F3 don’t.

Chadwick stated: “With out energy steering and driving large, heavy vehicles, a variety of girls do battle, regardless that they’ve been profitable in go-karting.”

Domenicali, who was talking in a wide-ranging information convention earlier than the resumption of the season in Belgium this weekend, didn’t develop on what plans he needed to ease girls’s path to F1.

South Africa and the way forward for Belgium

Domenicali confirmed he was in discussions to carry a race in South Africa on the Kyalami circuit close to Johannesburg, however didn’t say whether or not the occasion would make it on to the calendar in 2023 or 2024.

“I all the time stated we need to have a race in Africa and at this time the almost definitely place to have one is South Africa,” he stated.

“Discussions are happening. We’re searching for a really strong and clear long-term dedication. It’s taking time. I believe we are going to make clear it within the subsequent days.

“The dedication to being in Africa is one we need to take, however we need to take it proper.

“The calendar will probably be outlined within the subsequent couple of weeks most.”

The return of South Africa was thought of a risk to the historic Belgian race at Spa-Francorchamps, however Domenicali stated individuals ought to be “very prudent” earlier than saying this 12 months’s Belgian Grand Prix could be the final.

He stated discussions had been ongoing and added that the Belgian GP promoter would spend “a variety of time in my workplace this weekend”.

China is pushing for a return to the calendar subsequent 12 months for the primary time since 2019, after lacking the previous three seasons due to the nation’s Covid restrictions.

Domenicali stated: “Covid is unclear, and all the most important sports activities leagues are ready to grasp what’s going on, and we consider we may have a transparent steering on what’s the state of affairs for China sooner or later by the tip of this 12 months.”

He identified that the Chinese language Communist celebration was holding elections in October. After that, Domenicali stated, “the primary level will probably be to grasp what are the Covid rules utilized in that nation after which we are going to see how the scenario will evolve”.

Max Verstappen at the Belgium Grand Prix
Max Verstappen claimed victory on the 2021 Belgium Grand Prix, the place Components 1 will reconvene after its summer time break this weekend

Requested about China’s human rights document, and whether or not its growing isolation on the worldwide stage may put the race below risk, he stated: “The political line of the game is all the time very skinny. We must be all the time prudent.

“However we all the time stated we need to put the highlight on our optimistic values. In all of the nations, we’re going to be highlighting what we consider is the appropriate factor to spotlight. If it isn’t taking place, we are going to take the appropriate choice to maneuver out.”

This remark, BBC Sport understands, is to not be interpreted as a suggestion that the Chinese language Grand Prix is below risk because of the nation’s present stance on human rights and geopolitics.

Domenicali stated Saudi Arabia would stay on the calendar regardless of the issues raised by drivers after a rocket assault on a close-by oil refinery throughout this 12 months’s race weekend in Jeddah.

And on the nation’s guarantees to enhance its human rights document, Domenicali stated: “They’re pushing to alter what they consider is the appropriate method to transfer ahead.

“You can not count on a millennial tradition to maneuver from day to nighttime however we are going to assist with our highlight to verify what they promised will probably be delivered. In any other case, then issues will probably be totally different.”

He stated he believed the calendar could be 24 races subsequent 12 months, which might be the longest in historical past, and stated “the market has requested this quantity”.

He added “23 or 24 races is the tipping level, the utmost”.

Fewer races, he stated, was not potential as a result of the historic races in Europe “can’t be anticipated to have the monetary energy to cowl the cash the others are paying” – a reference to increased charges demanded of promoters within the Center East and elsewhere.

And he stated the calendar would look “totally different from the final couple of years” in 2024 as a result of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan strikes to the start of March.

He didn’t clarify the ramifications of that, however it’s more likely to imply that Bahrain and Saudi Arabia can not begin the season as they’ve this 12 months and are anticipated to in 2023. Australia is more likely to return to its former slot as the primary race.

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