With the British Grand Prix fast approaching, it hasn’t gone unnoticed that motorsport still lacks a large female presence. In fact, historically there have only been five women to race in F1. But does that suggest that women aren’t interested in the sport, or are not talented enough to compete at competition level? No, not at all!
Early restrictions for women within the sport have done little to stop talented women driving home their own successes across history and cementing their place as world class drivers. The influence and participation of young women within motorsports is set to keep on growing too, with the likes of Britain’s nineteen-year-old Jamie Chadwick among the ranks – in 2015 she became the first ever female and youngest winner of the British GT Championship.
It has been a long and bumpy journey for women in motorsports and we think it’s time for celebration: from Britain’s Louise Bazalgette, who in 1899 pioneered and publicly protested for women’s involvement in male-only motor clubs, to South Africa’s Desiré Wilson who became the only woman to win a Formula 1 race, we’ve highlighted some of history’s most successful, empowering, and inspirational women in the motoring game.