Stalled on the grid – why are there no female drivers at the top of motorsport?

Gatting, 29, is talking about the sexism she experienced when trying to make her way in motorsport in the late 2000s. Gatting is competing in a male-dominated sport which appears still not fully compliant with the growing presence of women in the paddock at circuits across the world. Gatting is part of the all-female Iron Dames team, who have competed in the World Endurance Championship – including the famous Le Mans 24 Hours race – since 2018, making a significant impact on the sport. “It’s definitely a physical sport, and in F1 a lot of the car is completely adapted to the driver,” she says. It would be hard for Mayer not to run female drivers who have made such an impact on motorsport in a new top-level car in 2024.

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