Why F1’s pipeline for female drivers is a fraud

“Stop trying to make ‘fetch’ happen. … It’s not going to happen.” That’s what Regina George, the meanest girl in 2004’s Mean Girls, tells a hanger-on who is hoping to gain favor by coining a synonym for “cool.” While “fetch” never happened, the admonishing phrase certainly did, escaping the movie and becoming a meme for all the hoped-for but eventually hopeless things — Google+, Android tablets — that the general public simply doesn’t want. 

In October of 2022, the “W Series,” a free-to-enter, female-only open-wheel racing league using Formula 3 cars two levels below the F1 cars you see on Drive to Survive, canceled the rest of its season and declared bankruptcy. The raison d’etre of the W Series had been somewhere between logically dubious and downright stupid. Its logic had been, in
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