Sophia Florsch, who made global headlines by surviving a horror Formula 3 crash at Macau in 2018, has dismissed Scuderia Ferrari’s push to sign a female driver.
Referring to the Maranello team’s driver academy, whose star signing at present is Mick Schumacher, the Italian side’s Team Principal Mattia Binotto said recently that he would like some women on the roster.
“Women should be part of the Ferrari academy,” he said. “That’s something on which we are working right now to make sure that it may happen very soon.” – he explained.
But Sophia Florsch does not seem to be interested, as she apparently suspects that it is mere tokenism: “Is this the spirit of modern people?” the 19-year-old German, who has been nominated for a Laureus comeback of the year award, said on Twitter – “As long as we (women) are just marketing stuff in racing, nothing will change. We have to show that we are equal. Like Michele Mouton.”
Frenchwoman Mouton, now 68, was a pioneering female racing driver, taking four wins and second overall in the 1982 world rally championship.