Aston Martin ambassador Jessica Hawkins aiming for first women’s F1 driver – EXCLUSIVE

JESSICA HAWKINS has spoken completely to Categorical Sport on how shut F1 is to a feminine driver.

Aston Martin ambassador Jessica Hawkins aiming for first women's F1 driver - EXCLUSIVE

Jessica Hawkins thinks F1 could get a feminine driver in just a few years (Picture: Aston Martin F1 / Getty)

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F1 might have a feminine driver inside “the subsequent few years” as curiosity within the sport surges, based on Aston Martin driver ambassador Jessica Hawkins. Hawkins says extra girls are stepping into motorsport at a youthful age which has boosted the probabilities of one securing an F1 drive.

Chatting with Categorical Sport, she stated: “Possibly not instantly however definitely I feel within the subsequent few years we could get to see a feminine in Method One.” F1 has not had a feminine driver compete in an precise Grand Prix since Lella Lombardi competed in 1976.

Toto Wolff’s spouse Susie drove in Friday observe at Silverstone in 2014 to change into the primary lady to participate in a Grand Prix weekend for 22 years. However, solely six females have ever taken half in an F1 weekend with solely two making race begins.

Wolff additionally arrange Dare to be Completely different, a gaggle pushing for extra feminine participation in motorsport. Feminine motorsport sequence W Collection has additionally helped enhance publicity for feminine drivers.

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Aston Martin ambassador Jessica Hawkins aiming for first women's F1 driver - EXCLUSIVE

Hawkins will compete in W Collection in 2022 (Picture: Getty)

A number of champion Jamie Chadwick now seems the closest to take the leap after securing a Williams reserve driver contract. Nevertheless, Hawkins warns the possibility of ladies in motorsport’s high tier continues to be “far decrease” than for males.

She added: “I’d clearly like to be the particular person to make that occur however I say that the likelihood is low. An enormous purpose behind that’s the females who’ve been driving in earlier years, there are far much less of us than males.

“The probabilities of a feminine making it to Method 1 is way decrease than what it could be a person making it into Method 1 simply because there are so few of us.

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Aston Martin ambassador Jessica Hawkins aiming for first women's F1 driver - EXCLUSIVE

Lella Lombardi was the final feminine F1 driver to compete in a race again in 1976 (Picture: Getty)

“I positively assume that there are extra girls stepping into it at a youthful age so there shall be an even bigger pool of expertise. Everyone knows it isn’t nearly expertise, it’s important to be proficient and it’s important to have the appropriate backing behind you.

“It is getting the complete bundle and I feel the extra females that begin at a youthful age, there’s going to be extra of an image to select from going forwards.”

Hawkins herself has labored her means by way of the racing ladder beginning in British Method Ford. She has additionally competed in one-make sequence such because the Mini Problem and Volkswagen Racing Cup.

The 27-year-old made her W Collection debut in 2019 along with her finest end result a fifth-place end.


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