British racing legend Stirling Moss does not believe that women are mentally tough enough to compete in Formula One, despite the presence of female test drivers and team principals.
“I think they have the strength but I don’t know if they’ve got the mental aptitude to race hard, wheel-to-wheel,” Moss told BBC radio in an interview to be broadcast on Monday.
The 83-year-old’s comments were met with astonishment from Susie Wolff, who is hoping to compete in F1 and is currently a development driver for Williams.
“I don’t know where to start after hearing that interview,” the 30-year-old told the programme “Women in F1″.
“I’ve got a lot of respect for Sir Stirling and what he achieved but I think we’re in a different generation.
“For Moss, it’s unbelievable that a female would drive a Formula 1 car, which is fair enough. In the days they were racing, every time they stepped into a car, they were putting their life on the line.