F1 boss likens Danica to 'domestic appliance'

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 500 success.

"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 first dish.)

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 ahead.
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