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An F1 car stopped on an empty track
An F1 car stopped on an empty track


Each driver currently competing in F1 has had very different experiences on their path to the top, but the most important similarity is that they had lots of opportunity to compete.

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To build skill and experience, all competed across different series, in different equipment and in different conditions. This exposed them to a variety of competitive environments, giving them wide, essential experience that enhanced their race-craft and raised their visibility.

It’s clear that talented young female drivers are not consistently getting these opportunities, though initiatives such as the F1 Academy, W Series, Iron Dames and Girls on Track have and are seeking to address this.

We believe that putting a woman on the podium will increase momentum, encourage investment and inspire generations of girls who dream one day of holding the F1 Championship trophy.

That is why More than Equal exists and why we will focus on developing evidenced-based high performance pathways for elite-level female drivers and work to ensure that the sport has its first female F1 World Champion sooner rather than later, based on the insights this report has delivered.

Identifying areas for change

More grassroots participation

Our research shows how statistically challenging it will be to find a female F1 World Champion with the current numbers of girls taking part in competitive motorsport. This needs to be urgently addressed.

More data and research

The current level of data around female participation is not robust or adequate enough to inform the sport. The industry needs to collaborate urgently to improve this.

More recognition of the cultural change needed

Research shows that the media plays a vital role in championing gender equality and that currently there are frustrations with how women and girls are represented. This needs to be acknowledged honestly and addressed.

More support for talented young female drivers

Although the reason female drivers are dropping out of the sport early needs to be further investigated, we know that in part it is because they do not receive the same backing, especially financially, as their male counterparts, with a far lower risk appetite among funders.

More collaboration

In motorsport, winning is fuelled by collaboration, innovation, and the pursuit of excellence. Yet, an unfortunate gender disparity continues to persist within the sport, limiting the potential growth and depriving us of diverse perspectives.

It is imperative that stakeholders come together to address and unlock the obvious benefits that expanding the talent pool, growing the fan base and inspiring the next generation will bring.

More than Equal will

Continue to invest in building an evidence base

that supports the development of women and girls in motorsport and consistently commission, undertake and publish relevant insight and research.

Launch a world-class driver development programme,

based on this evidence, which will provide tailored support and training for young female drivers, with an initial cohort coming on board in time for the 2024 season.

Build the first dedicated global female driver talent database

from championship karting upwards, with the intention of identifying talent and potential earlier and wider than has ever been done before.

Leverage our networks

to connect the talent we are supporting with the best opportunities including with potential teams and investors.

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Young female fan high-fiving a female racer
Young female fan high-fiving a female racer


Useful existing research on women in motorsport, women in sport and other areas where mixed gender challenges are explored.

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