Lauda supporting female racer

Women have not had a great history in Formula One but now Niki Lauda thinks he has found the girl who will make it to the pinnacle of motorsports. There is an opinion that women do not have the necessary mental or physical strength to make it in...

Women have not had a great history in Formula One but now Niki Lauda thinks he has found the girl who will make it to the pinnacle of motorsports. There is an opinion that women do not have the necessary mental or physical strength to make it in F1 and even that a girl simply wouldn't be taken seriously enough to compete at the highest level.

Lauda believes Swiss Natacha Gachnang has what it takes: "From now on I'll take care of her career personally," said the Austrian former champion. "I will bring Natacha into Formula One."

Gachnang is only sixteen and currently competes in Formula BMW ADAC; BMW motorsport director Mario Theissen is equally positive about the teenager, saying she is one of the most gifted talents he has ever seen and "She may go really, really far."

Gachnang herself is planning ahead: "After the 2003 BMW ADAC championship, my goal is F3. Then my biggest dream is evidently F1 and I am ready to do anything to succeed," she told Review Automobile. "I say it is a dream but for me F1 is more than a dream."

"It is also a question of luck: you have to be at the right place, at the right moment. Anyway, I have to continue to work and make my way in each category. But each time it is more and more difficult. The higher we go, the more there are good drivers and the selection becomes really tough."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Niki Lauda , Natacha Gachnang , Mario Theissen