Since its very beginnings, motorsport has been dominated by men. They are the ones who dare to ‘ride the cannonball’ and who are intoxicated by speed and fierce battles out on the track. They are the ones who strive for victories, titles, and glory.
However, there have always been women challenging this male supremacy who have tasted success at the steering wheel. Michèle Mouton and Jutta Kleinschmidt on the rally scene, Sabine Schmitz and Claudia Hürtgen at the wheel of BMW cars in GT racing, and Danica Patrick in single-seater racing, all determinedly pursued their passion for motor racing, paving the way for a new generation of confident and talented female racing drivers. Mouton heads this movement as president of the ‘FIA Women in Motorsport Commission’ which was set up in 2009. She said “There are already many women working very successfully in our sport. However, we must also invest in the future and encourage the young generation to view motorsport as a world of equal opportunity.” The number of women responding to Mouton’s call is increasing consistently. At the end of last year, for example, many young women took part in the Formula E rookie test in Ad Diriyah.