Amlin Aguri driver Katherine Legge hopes that she can pave the way for female drivers in Formula E and become an inspiration to young woman who share the same dream of breaking through into the world of motorsport.
Legge, alongside Trulli’s Michela Cerruti, make up the female percentage of the Formula E field, a sport which she has praised for its equality and opportunity, irrespective of gender.
“I liked that Formula E was new, innovative and it brought technology to the people in the World’s most amazing cities. I wanted to be a part of that from the beginning,” Legge told ElectricAutosport.com.
“It’s an emerging series with a new audience. Some people are completely new to watching racing so they may not realise that there aren’t many women who participate. I think there’s as good a chance as any to showcase talent. Teams will hire good drivers, it isn’t about gender”.
So far the 34-year-old from Guildford is yet to score a point in the World’s first fully electric racing series and it is Cerruti who holds the best result out of the pair, when the Italian recorded a a 12th place finish in Punta del Este, narrowly missing out on the top 10.
However Legge has only competed in two events so far this season due to coinciding racing commitments, whereas Cerruti has taken part in every ePrix to date. Despite this, Legge believes that changes in representation can only be a good thing for motorsport.
“Susie Wolff’s role is great to see and we need a lot more of it. In the US in NASCAR, there is still only one woman competing at the top level.”
“I also race in Sports Cars but it is mainly male drivers. In IndyCar there’s been Simona [de Silvestro], Ana Beatriz, and me. We need more female representation and I’m working to improve that.”
The Brit says that whilst organisations such as Women In Sport, Women’s Sports Trust and This Girl Can are important in the continuation of popularity in women’s sports, they should not be solely relied upon.
“Ultimately we need people to recognise women’s capabilities and true success will be achieved when there is no need for organisations to promote women in sport.”
“I am grateful for the work these groups are doing to support young women athletes. It is also critical that women help other young women as well.”
Legge also thinks that in time a female driver will break through into the F1 field and that the equality of motorsport provides the possibility of a female F1 World Champion of the future.
“I believe, motor racing is the only major sport where men and women can compete equally. We just need more women into the funnel and the best will succeed. There is no reason that a woman can’t be a champion.”
“Racing is one of the few places where we are competing side by side and the prize money is the same. It should strive to reach the same levels. Good competition is good competition, gender of competitor doesn’t matter.”
Legge will be looking to make the most of her opportunity in the Amlin Aguri car when she next gets a run out, following its competitive showing as Antonio Felix da Costa took victory last time out in Buenos Aires (race report).