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Monday, April 29, 2013

The females of Formula 1

Suzi Perry, the BBC's new anchor for F1 coverage.
Photo: Geoff Pugh

Female sports presenters are a rare thing and even more rare is a female presenter who gets to take the lead on presenting a sport is dominated by men. Earlier this year, it was announced that TV presenter Suzi Perry would be taking over from Jake Humphrey as the lead presenter of the BBC's coverage of Formula 1, after Jake moved on to new pastures. On this occasion the BBC have not only gone for a 'bit of glamour' –as I feel many of their presenting choices do–but have found in Suzi someone who really knows her stuff. As well as knowing her tech, Suzi spent 13 years covering MotoGP motorcycle racing and is an avid petrol-head who is no stranger to working in a male-dominated world.

In its 62 years the sport itself has only had 5 women entered into their grand prix, compared with 822 men. This could be increased to 6 women in the near future with Susie Wolff, a German touring car driver, signing for Williams earlier this year. So as the number of intelligent and competitive women visible to the watching public in Formula 1 rises, girls may be inspired to infiltrate this male world and perhaps the Formula 1 of the future will involve a feast of fabulous females!

You can see Suzi Perry's entrance to Formula 1 here.

-Emma Hatherall
Junior Girl
Girl Museum Inc.

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