Williams: F1 opening to women

2013-04-04 08:14

LONDON, England - Claire Williams believes that her appointment as deputy team principal of the Williams racing team shows that Formula 1 is no longer a patriarchal.

Williams took up her new role at father Frank's team a week earlier, following the example set by Monisha Kaltenborn who is team principal at Sauber.


"F1 may be perceived as being male-dominated but those perceptions are being broken down," Williams told BBC Radio 4. "Sauber has a female team principal and, now I've been put in this position, I think those traditional pre-conceptions of F1 are breaking down a bit more."

Williams, who started out as a media relations officer with the team in 2002, dismissed suggestions that her appointment to nepotism.

"We'll have to wait and see how I do in the role but I would like to think I will do a good job for the team," she said. "Williams' unique selling point is that we're renowned as a family team, so it's important we retain that family element.

"Pputting me in this role is a good thing for the team - and for the sport."

  • Harley Quin - 2013-04-04 10:42

    Okay, so where are the female drivers?

      Nico Basson - 2013-04-04 15:41

      Look up the sad story of Maria Villapota...

  • James Rademan - 2013-04-04 12:43

    Whats next? Woman voting too?

  • Sipho Marete - 2013-04-04 14:27

    She's a hottie...

  • Nico Basson - 2013-04-04 15:41

    Yeah they don't parallel park when they make pit stops so why not? JUST KIDDING

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