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Spanish racing driver Carmen Jorda has claimed that women would be much better suited to Formula E than Formula One because the all-electric cars are far less physically challenging.
The 29-year-old is a former Lotus and Renault F1 development driver and she made these comments after trying out a Formula E car in Mexico City at the weekend.
This claim, however, drew criticism from other women racers.
“My eyes rolled so far back in my head I nearly passed out,” said Britain’s Pippa Mann, a regular competitor in the Indianapolis 500, on Twitter.
“She does know that the reason IndyCar drivers are bulkier than F1 drivers is that we have to lift bigger weights because our races have no power steering at all, and that women succeed over here right?”
Jorda, who is also a member of the governing International Automobile Federation (FIA)’s women’s commission, claimed that the cars in Formula E are easier for women to handle.
“It’s a less physical car than in Formula One because of the downforce and because of the power steering as well,” ESPN quoted her as saying.
“The challenge that we women have in Formula Two and Formula One is a physical issue and I think in Formula E, we won’t have it,” added the Spaniard.
Jorda never raced a Formula One car and only registered an average run of results in the sport’s junior series.
She claimed that there was a need for an all-female motor racing championship.
Claire Williams, deputy principal of the family-run Williams Formula One team, was clear that the idea would not work.
“I think women should be able to compete alongside men,” she said.”Why would you segregate them?
“We’ve always been a sport that has allowed women to compete alongside men…so why would we now want to make what I view as a regressive step by creating an all-women championship?”
Formula One has not witnessed a single female driver on the starting grid since 1976.
The Formula E, however, saw Swiss racer Simona de Silvestro compete in 2016.