Women drivers are the new, erm, black
In addition to the headline grabbing Danica Patrick in IRL, Champcar now has Katherine Legge racing for Jimmy Vasser's PKV Racing and Vanina Ickx has joined DTM for 2006. Are there any more to come? Is having a female driver now an essential? I'd really love to see a competitive female driver in Formula 1, if only to make Bernie Ecclestone eat his words.
Katherine Legge tested for Minardi last year just before Paul Stoddart handed the team over to Red Bull. It was seen as a publicity stunt at the time, a not too many more people were convinced it was for real when she tested for PKV Racing the next week. So with the drive in the bag, it'll be interesting to see what she does this year. I know Champcar is a long way from the performance of contemporary Formula 1, but I'd like to think if she does well she might get a drive with a publicity hungry team. Alas, it's just a dream really - if Sébastien Bordais can't convert his Champcar success to F1, what chance does Katherine have?
Vanina Ickx is daughter of Grand Prix and Le Mans legend Jacky Ickx. She has mostly sportscar experience having driven in the FIA GT series as well as Le Mans. Unfortunately she hasn't landed a competitive drive in DTM - Vanina will drive for (Midland F1 boss) Colin Kolles's team in a 2004 customer Audi A4. Autosport report that Scottish driver Susie Stoddart (no relation to Aussie Paul) is a possible for a drive with Mercedes.
Ahh, but to be fair, Vanina Ickx, famous father or no, is not really all that good, and but for her name and sex, wouldn’t be anywhere near a DTM drive of any kind.
I’m not much convinced by Danica Patrick either really, but from what little I’ve seen and heard of Legge, she seems more of a racer
Patrick () (URL) - 22 02 06 - 11:14
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alejandro cuellar () (URL) - 20 02 07 - 06:19