Not being female puts you on dangerous ground when it comes to attempting to empathise with a young girl with aspirations of making it as a driver in the male-dominated world of motorsport.
But one thing is clear: while seeing female role models competing on level terms with their male counterparts can only be positive, the patronising attitude of some, albeit well-meaning, observers is corrosive.
So many times, a female driver doing adequately, but no better than that, in a championship or race is raved about in terms more befitting of the second coming of Juan Manuel Fangio. It's great to see female drivers competing and there really should be more of them, but the implication of such disproportionately effusive comments is clear, not to mention destructive.
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Edd Straw is Editor-in-Chief of Autosport, overseeing both print and digital versions of the brand. Edd has worked for Autosport since joining as a junior reporter in 2002. He became Editor in November 2014, having previously worked as National Editor, News Editor and Grand Prix Editor.
Originally from Guernsey in the Channel Islands, he joined Autosport shortly after graduating from university. He went on to cover a wide range of categories from club motorsport to the World Touring Car Championship and Le Mans to Formula 3 before switching to F1 full-time at the 2008 French Grand Prix. He continues to cover a range of international events in his position as Editor-in-Chief.
In his spare time, he was formerly a club racer whose abilities did not match his enthusiasm in a variety of categories.