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Friday, June 24, 2005


This from Kevin Drum.
The freak show carnival that was the US Formula 1 grand Prix creaked on today with another fantastic display of insensitivity.

Clearly Bernie has decided that Formula 1 isn't quite dead enough in the US. The most powerful man in Formula 1 decided to drag the corpse up and slap it around a bit before planting it back into the ground. How did he do this? Why, by insulting a rising star in the US motor racing industry, that's how.

As this excerpt shows, Bernie is an enlightened man of the 21st century who clearly relishes the fact that women have finally managed to break into the sport and compete well. In fact I get the impression that he is delighted that they even have the vote:

He congratulated the Indy Racing League rookie for her performance at the Indianapolis 500, but also reiterated remarks he had made during an interview at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where the U.S. Grand Prix was being held.

Among the comments Ecclestone made in the interview and to the Roscoe, Ill., native was that "Women should be all dressed in white like all other domestic appliances."

Sheesh! Bernie is a shrewd mover but I have no idea what he thought he was doing there. A joke that Danica Patrick just didn't get? Maybe, but I bet that Mrs. Ecclestone might have a few words to say to him about it, especially as she actually owns most of his stock...

This driver has taken a lot of heat already with moronic drivers complaining about her weight advantage in the Indy 500. Yeah guys, because your upper body strength counts for nothing in those races.

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