Even if women's competitions exist in the same forms, they are given at best several lines.
Motor sport, despite the fact that it officially allows women to participate, remains the lot of macho. Take formula 1. These are the most spectacular events in the world that are watched by billions of viewers. Since 1950, when the life of the formula began, more than 700 races took place with the participation of more than 300 pilots. How many of them were women? Five, or 0.5% of the total, while only one managed to win … half a point. It was the Italian Lella Lombardi, who started in March 1975. Maria Teresa de Phillipi (seasons of 1958 and 1959), Divina Galitsa (1976-1978), Desiree Wilson (1980) and Giovanna Amati (1992) did not bring a single point.
Women, however, managed to express themselves in endurance races. The whole sports world knows about the successes of Utah Kleinschmit from Germany, who won several years ago in Paris-Dakar and more than once came to the finish line second in this giant auto marathon. But she is by no means a loner. Even earlier, starting from the 30s, the Frenchwoman Odette Sico and Margarit Marez could be seen at the start of the “24 hours of Le Mans” driving a “Bugatti”. The first of them even came to finish fourth in 1932, showing the best result of all that were achieved in these competitions by women. Since then, another 48 female pilots have tried not to miss their chance at Le Mans. The last-time best result was shown by Vanina X - the daughter of the famous pilot of Formula 1 Jacques X. She was the 27th overall of 2003.
Across the Atlantic, several women managed to achieve something in Indianapolis. It was Lynn Saint-James, Jean Guitry and later Sarah Fisher, but they never occupied high places on the podium. The only female pilot who managed to reach the heights in the world championships was the Frenchwoman Michelle Mouton. She was awarded the title of world rally champion in 1982. Despite the technical problems that arose with her Audi Quattro, she got ahead of her main rival Walter Röhrl, who, however, never forgave her this loss, saying that even a monkey could drive a car like Quattro.
And yet, what explains the inability of women to win automobile races? First of all, they are not as fanatical in this as men. In addition, they are not ready to overcome the ruthless resistance of the latter when trying to break into their narrow racing circle.