epa01206705 (L-R) Female pilots Luicie Panackova, Simona de Silvestro, Natacha Gachnang, Carmen Jordá, María de Villota and Alessandra Neri pose with a racing car prior to the Formula 3 training session held 21 December 2004, in Cheste, Valencia, esthern Spain.  EPA/Kai Försterling

Formula One’s women problem is bad for business


By Paolo Aversa, City University London Bernie Ecclestone, Formula One’s chief executive, has poured water on the prospect of women drivers returning to the grid any time soon. In a recent interview he expressed his doubts, saying: “If there was somebody that was capable they wouldn’t be taken seriously anyway.” Perhaps we should not be…