Whoa, let’s not dismiss posters because their views are controversial.
This entire thread/discussion is about a racing series exclusively for women.
This raises questions if women need this, if women can’t truly compete with men, if additional ‘women only’ series are needed and whatnot.
Many posters (Messy, Payasyourace, JonPollak etc.) feel that women are fine and can compete with men, based on a few female drivers who have done OK in their opinion.
Others like RA2 think they can’t because of physical differences.
Personally, I am not interested in a monologue in which a few posters slap each other on the back repeatedly. I visit a discussion forum to read and sometimes discuss what other fans say.
Dismissing or attacking a poster’s opinions because they don’t like what he has to say, it isn’t politically correct or it clashes with your views is what SJW’s do and it stinks. We need to hear all sides and their arguments so we can either refute them or (however grudgingly) accept that there is some validity.
Now, in this case we can easily see that there is indeed something off in the proportion of successful female racers in top flight single seat racing. Just as there aren’t as many successful Asian drivers or African drivers as you’d perhaps expect.
African drivers and female drivers have in common that there are very few of them. There are far more Asian drivers (mostly Japanese) and the few that make the jump to international racing often have less than stellar careers.
Is it a simple numbers game? Physical prowess? Lower standards in Asian racing? All of these?
I don’t have the answers but I can see that even the few successful female drivers have not been outstanding. If we look at Michele Mouton, she has “just” 4 victories and no WRC titles. Danica Patrick has a single win in Indycars and an abysmal record in NASCAR which puts her career pretty much on the level of Jeff Ward, Billy Boat, Alex Tagliani or Jacques Villeneuve Sr. All of whom were pretty forgettable Indycar drivers.
And the less said of Lella Lombardi, Divina Galica, Desire Wilson and Giovanni Amati’s F1 careers, the better.
So clearly, women aren’t doing as well and I don’t think you can just write it off as just a matter of not enough women competing to find a real talent.
Twenty years ago, people would have bet good money that a black or Asian dude would never be good at golf, the quintessential white, rich man’s game. Or that a good German driver would be in F1 since all the good drivers went into touring and endurance racing. Or that a talented black driver would be in F1. Yet it all happened because there usually is some freakish talent that breaks these preconceptions or barriers.
But it has never happened in motor racing. Of the few women sufficiently interested and dedicated to pursue a racing career, at least one such outlier should have been discovered by now.