The president of motor racing’s ruling physique, the Worldwide Motoring Federation (FIA), on Saturday insisted they’re absolutely dedicated to supporting girls within the sport.
Three days after Formulation One boss Stefano Domenicali in contrast the prospect of seeing a girl on the grid to that of a meteorite coming to Earth, Mohammed Ben Sulayem issued a press release backing females in motorsport.
“Since its basis, the FIA has all the time supported and nurtured girls in motorsport,” he mentioned.
“Motorsport is exclusive as below FIA rules, ladies and men can compete on equal phrases.
“We are going to proceed to actively encourage the participation of ladies by way of our ‘FIA Ladies On Monitor Rising Stars’ programme.”
He added that the FIA was additionally backing the employment of ladies in different areas inside groups, administration and technical roles.
“The presence of ladies in our Race Management, Operations and Technical groups and different departments all through the organisation or in partnership with our ASNs with feminine volunteers and officers,” he mentioned, citing the ambitions of the FIA’s programme.
“The FIA and FOM (Formulation One Administration) are dedicated to larger alternative for ladies within the sport.
“Stefano Domenicali and I are working collectively to enhance entry and the pyramid for ladies’s entry and development.
“All through historical past, girls have made their mark in motorsport, on and off observe, and it’s our want, below my management, that the development will proceed for years to return.”
His feedback adopted criticism of Domenicali’s assertion by four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel, who has championed the reason for girls in pushing for larger equality and inclusion in motor racing.