In an interview with Britain's BBC for a documentary on women in motorsports, racing legend Stirling Moss claimed that female drivers will never succeed in Formula 1 as they "lack the aptitude."
"We've got some very strong and robust ladies, but, when your life is at risk, I think the strain of that in a competitive situation will tell when you're trying to win," Moss said. "The mental stress I think would be pretty difficult for a lady to deal with in a practical fashion. I just don't think they have aptitude to win a Formula 1 race."
The last female driver to appear in F1 was Giovanna Amati, who failed to qualify a Brabham in three attempts in 1992. There has not been a woman on the F1 World Championship grid since Lella Lombardi's final grand prix start in the 1976 Austrian GP.
Susie Wolff is currently a development driver for the Williams team and has aspirations of becoming its official reserve.