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Susie Wolff defends Bernie Ecclestone over female driver comments

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Susie Wolff has defended the comments made by Bernie Ecclestone about female drivers in Formula One.

Ecclestone caused controversy this week when he said a female driver would not be taken seriously in the sport, while also questioning "whether a woman would physically be able to drive an F1 car quickly". A female driver has not competed in a race since Lella Lombardi at the 1976 Austrian Grand Prix.

Former Williams test driver Susie Wolff was the closest to ending that wait recently, though she only ever competed in four Friday practice sessions before retiring at the end of last year. Since doing so she has set up the Dare to be Different campaign which aims to promote female talent in motor racing.

Wolff says Ecclestone has always supported her and the initiative.

While there are no drivers on the grid F1 has two female team principals, Monisha Kaltenborn at Sauber and Claire Williams running her father's eponymous team day-to-day.