Women make their mark at F1

Women make their mark at F1
Deputy team principal Claire Williams said it was fantastic to know her role in the team had helped inspire younger women.

SEPANG - The two top women from the Williams Martini Racing team hope to inspire more females to join the male-dominated sport.

Deputy team principal Claire Williams said it was fantastic to know her role in the team had helped inspire younger women.

"There is some pressure but I am a firm believer that more women come in, not just for the sake of it, but those who are capable to do the job.

"You can see more women in the pit garage and on the pit walls. At the end of the day, it's more about their ability than gender that got them there," she said at the Sepang International Circuit yesterday.

Williams said it had been a very busy but interesting year since she was appointed the deputy team principal.

"We did have one of the worst seasons that the team had to endure last year and a lot of work has had to be done to make sure we are in a better place.

"It's a challenge but I have enjoyed every minute of it," said the 38-year-old, who has been with the team for 12 seasons now.

On being the daughter of Sir Frank Williams, who is the founder and team principal, Williams said she was well aware of the legacy and she felt the responsibility of protecting it.

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