Sky Sports F1 commentator Martin Brundle is hopeful that he will get to commentate Grand Prix with a least one female driver competing before he retires.
The former Grand Prix driver enters his 21st season as a Formula One commentator having worked with ITV, BBC and is now with Sky Sports. The highly respected commentator and journalist took to Twitter to say:
I sincerely hope I commentate on at least one female F1 racer before I retire. She’ll be deservedly revered, well supported, most welcome.
Brundle’s comments come after Formula One commercial rights holder Bernie Ecclestone stated that he felt that female drivers in Formula One would not be taken seriously.
Former Williams test driver Susie Wolff who retired from motor racing at the end of last year due to the lack of opportunities available was at the Autosport International Show this weekend to launch her new campaign – Dare To Be Different – an initiative set up to help women participate in all forms of motorsport. You can follow the campaign by following @D2BDOfficial on Twitter.
Speaking recently Mr Ecclestone stated:
If there was somebody that was capable they wouldn’t be taken seriously anyway,
However Dare To Be Different ambassador Alice Powell who nearly drove for the Caterham F1 Team at the end of 2014 disagrees with Ecclestone saying:
Someone needs to prove Bernie wrong, It would be a shame if a team would turn down a female to race in F1 because they would not be taken seriously.
Susie Wolff commented at the launch by saying:
Our main aim with Dare To Be Different is to drive female talent. This is an ambitious and long-term project that will build an online community of women from all over the world, It will connect them through a shared passion and empower them to become the next wave of role models, whilst also providing access to some of the most successful female names in the sport.