Happy International Women’s Day, everyone!
Women in motorsports, fans or profession, are underrated. Let’s be honest. So I’m taking today as the opportunity to celebrate the women that make motorsports incredible for me.
This is a no brainer really. Susie Wolff is amazing. No beating about the bush about it, she is just incredible. She’s not portrayed as ‘Toto’s wife’, that is a foot note when describing her *no offence to him*. She is always the first female F1 driver, the founder of D2BD, ambassador for She Mercedes. Susie opened doors for girls and women in motorsports. We were shown that women no longer had to just be decorations around cars, we could join the boys and burn some rubber or wrangle an interview with that driver. She helped us, gave us the opportunity to connect with like minded females around the UK and now the world. So, naturally, Susie has the top spot on my list.
I had the pleasure of meeting and speaking with Ruth at ASI 17. She is down to earth, funny, a general sweetheart but she is packing a brilliant brain as well. Her persistence and determination to get into the industry is remarkable. She knew what she wanted to do and, by God, was she going to get it. Ruth is an incredible ambassador for D2BD, showing other females that embracing your nerdy science side is sometimes the best thing you could possibly do.
If you follow me on Twitter then you’ll already know that I majorly crush on Lee’s life. She is an established and respected journalist in two very masculine sporting fields: formula 1 and rugby. She is charismatic, confident and entertaining. Her interviews with both players and drivers always bring a smile to my face.
In a sea of males, Tatiana is the only female you will see, currently, on the GP3 grid. But does that stop her? Nope. She just goes out and does her best. She doesn’t play up to the fact that she’s the only lady on the grid, she never mentions it in fact. She just gets in the car each weekend and gives it her all! Her new role as Sauber’s test driver was cause for celebration for everyone because it meant that we were making more headway in diversifying F1 with the help of such a talented women. Keep being awesome, Tatiana.
Kate Hewitt and Amelia Plant
Okay, I’m massively biased including my two best friends in this list but I said fans were to be celebrated to. They are genuinely two of the loveliest people I have ever met and I owe it all to F1. We bonded over our love for racing; discussing the teams tactics, did we think that move was a touch too close, how will we cope without JB *the answer was Stoff btw, that’s how we cope*
Kate is one of the strongest women I know. Her no nonsense approach to advice will cut you to the quick but she just has your best intentions at heart. Her intelligence and amazing sense of humour will make her a formidable force in the future no matter what she does.
Amelia’s down to earth good nature makes her such an approachable person that you can’t help but smile when you’re around. Another incredibly intelligent woman showing that models don’t have to be airheads.
I couldn’t write a post like this without mentioning them. The entire community is just incredible and there is a scary amount of talent within it. The support that is offered regularly between everyone if it’s a simple like on your blog/article to agreeing to meet up at an event or race. It is a wonderful family to be a part of!
Who are your top incredible women in motorsports? Let me know!