Sir Stirling Moss, the legendary former Formula 1 racer and one of the most successful British drivers ever, has made headlines with some outrageous comments regarding female competitors.
In an interview with BBC Radio 5 Live, the 83-year-old Moss said he was "not surprised" that there are currently no female Formula 1 drivers. Women, said Moss, don't have the mental capacity to compete against men in such a grueling sport.
"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 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 One race."
These are Moss' second inflammatory comments in recent weeks. In March he said he didn't want to be played by a "poofter," a slang word for homosexual, in a biopic. He later apologized for those remarks.
Just five women have competed in Formula 1, and 30-year-old Susie Wolff is looking to become the first female driver in some two decades. Wolff, currently a development driver, was outraged to hear Moss' remarks.
"I completely disagree with him. It makes me cringe hearing that," she said. "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 One 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. But F1 is much more technologically advanced, it's much safer than it was."
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