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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