Renault-owned Alpine launched a programme on Thursday to extend the variety of ladies at its Components One workforce and assist feminine drivers attain the highest for the primary time in half a century.
Solely two ladies have began a Components One race because the world championship started in 1950, and the final was the late Italian Lella Lombardi in 1976.
Chief govt Laurent Rossi instructed Reuters the thought was to remodel Alpine as a sports activities automotive producer and as a workforce and to “debunk myths” by giving ladies the identical alternatives as males.
“We need to make sure that we give entry to the entire jobs, the entire alternatives at Alpine, to ladies,” he mentioned, including that the corporate would quickly have ladies making up half the manager committee.”
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“By not having a extra balanced illustration of ladies within the workforce I principally deprive Alpine and myself of fifty% of the abilities on the market … I see it as I’m lacking half of my workforce,” he added.
The goal is to extend the proportion of ladies working for the corporate to 30% inside 5 years from the present degree of 12%.
Solely 10% of the F1 workforce’s British-based workforce is feminine.
The funded racing growth programme, to span eight years, will take younger ladies on a pathway from karting and supply coaching and help that has been beforehand missing.
“The intent is to debunk the entire myths that ladies can’t, as a result of they’re not tailored, as a result of they don’t have function fashions, as a result of the roles we provide will not be for ladies,” mentioned Rossi.
“We need to debunk all these myths one after the other and make it possible for for every alternative provided at Alpine there’s all the time an equal likelihood for ladies to get the job as a result of they’ll.”
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Alpine mentioned it can use analysis carried out by the Paris Mind Institute to “deconstruct stereotypes” and break down “pseudo-scientific alleged hurdles” for ladies racers in a male-dominated sport.
“Fernando Alonso is 41 (in July) and he drives a Components One automotive. I believe Fernando Alonso at 41 shouldn’t be as robust as a wonderfully match girl athlete at 30,” mentioned Rossi, citing the instance of feminine jet fighter pilots and astronauts.
“You’ll be able to drive a Components One automotive with the correct preparation and that’s what we intend to do. We need to put together the ladies the identical approach that males are ready.”
The all-female W Collection launched in 2019 to assist ladies progress up the motorsport ladder to F1 however the inaugural champion Jamie Chadwick remains to be competing within the championship having thus far did not make a step up.