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Jessica Hawkins thinks there is a low possibility for women to race in Formula One now

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Formula One is one of the most male-dominated sports yet, and Jessica Hawkins hopes for that to change in the future.

The Brit would love to be the first woman in years to officially get a seat in the sport. It is a dream that many women want to see become achievable, but Hawkins speaks about the difficulties that are still present.

Jessica Hawkins’ Comments

The 27-year old is Aston Martin’s driver ambassador and competes in the W Series and British Touring Car Championship. Her best finish in the W Series was that of fifth in 2021 with Racing X.

She said, “Maybe not immediately but certainly I think in the next few years we may get to see a female in Formula One.

“I would obviously love to be the person to make that happen but I say that the possibility is low. A big reason behind that is the females who have been driving in previous years, there are far less of us than men.

“The chances of a female making it to Formula One is far lower than what it would be a man making it into Formula One just because there are so few of us.

“I definitely think that there are more women getting into it at a younger age so there will be a bigger pool of talent. We all know it’s not just about talent, you have to be talented and you have to have the right backing behind you.

“It’s getting the full package and I think the more females that start at a younger age, there’s going to be more of a picture to choose from going forwards.”

Jessica Hawkins works intensely on getting more young females into motorsport. Together with the FIA and Motorsport UK, she worked on creating The Girls on Track Tour.

This involved visiting schools, and showing young females the opportunities they might have in motorsport, not just racing but also engineering and so on.

Women in Formula One

Maria Teresa de Filippis and Lella Lombardi are the only two women to ever start a Formula One Grand Prix race.

De Filippis had three race starts with Maserati and Behra-Porsche in 1958 and 1959. Lombardi managed to start 12 Grand Prix with March, RAM and Williams between 1974 and 1976.

It has been 46 years since another woman started a Formula One Grand Prix but recently, Formula One teams opened up their doors for test drivers. Hopefully, this will lead women to eventually get a Formula One seat.

In 2014, Susie Wolff, wife of Mercedes Team Principal Toto Wolff, became the first woman to participate once again in a Formula One Grand Prix weekend. During the first practice session, she drove for Williams at Silverstone.

Recently, the female that is making all the headlines is Jamie Chadwick. In 2019, she signed a reserve driver contract and participates in development sessions for the team. She also won the W Series Championship twice in 2019 and 2021, making her one of the most exciting female talents there is in motorsport.

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