F1 boss likens Danica to 'domestic
Danica Patrick has surged onto the open-wheel
racing world, but that might not be sitting well
with the old-school boss of Formula One racing.
Formula One is getting its most high-profile
United States presence with the U.S. Grand Prix at
Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend, but
Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone doesn't seem to
be too crazy about Patrick joining her male
competitors on the track, despite her recent Indy
"She did a good job, didn't she? Super. Didn't
think she'd be able to make it like that,"
Ecclestone told a gathering of reporters about
Patrick's Indy 500 finish.
"You know, I've got one of these wonderful ideas
that women should be all dressed in white like all
the other domestic appliances," Ecclestone added.
(Note: It looks like Bernie already has
cornered the market on the all-white look. Does he
really want to compete from Danica? She'd take him
before he ever got to the first corner, or the
Ecclestone has controlled Formula One for 25
years, amassing a fortune estimated at $3.7
billion. He has a holding company which operates
some of F1's commercial ventures, ranging from
television rights to sponsorships.
But nine of the F1's 10 teams are in dispute
with Eccletone and others over the running of the
sport and have threatened to start their own series
in 2008. Only Ferrari has signed to stay with
Ecclestone after the 2007 season.
Editor's Note: Formula One
was already having it's troubles in the U.S. Maybe
it's time for Bernie to turn things over to a bit
more contemporary thinking before the series
completely dies on hiim. He doesn't want women to
race and he doesn't care if his racers race in
dangerous conditions. Damn safety - full speed
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