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Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone says women can’t physically handle racing

Bernie Ecclestone. (Lars Baron/Getty Images)

While a campaign for allowing women to participate in Formula One races has been growing, the sport’s chief executive Bernie Ecclestone has ruled it out, saying that while women have “their own strengths” he does not believe they have the physical ability to handle it. “I don’t know whether a woman would physically be able to drive an F1 car quickly, and they wouldn’t be taken seriously,” the billionaire CEO — who, as The Daily Beast wryly notes is 5-foot 2 and has never been a professional athlete — said Tuesday at an event.

Careful to not cause too much offense, however, he added that he did believe women were able to smash the glass ceiling in other areas — as business CEO’s more particularly.  “Women are more competent,” he said, “and they don’t have massive egos.”

While women have proven their worth in car racing in previous decades (Michele Mouton, who almost won the 1982 World Rally Championship and Shirley Muldowney, who won three drag-racing titles in the 1970s and ’80s, for example), Ecclestone suggested that no Formula One team would be willing to grant women the opportunity to even try. But as the Daily Beast points out, maybe we shouldn’t put too much stock in the judgement of an 85-year old billionaire who, just today said Donald Trump would make for a “fantastic” president, because “Putin would tell him what to do.”

Read the full story at The Daily Beast.

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