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Natalie Pinkham: We are all responsible for diversity in F1®

31/08/21

Pinkham reflects on her time as a pit lane reporter.

The Australian Grand Prix podcast In the Fast Lane has released its latest episode featuring Sky Sports F1® host and presenter Natalie Pinkham.

Pinkham joined In the Fast Lane co-hosts Matt Clayton and Michael Lamonato to talk about diversity and inclusion in Formula 1®, reminisce on some awkward moments in her early days as a pit lane reporter and discusses the intensity of this year's title fight between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen.


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Formula 1® has recognised female participation and ethnic diversity in the sport as key pillars of its #WeRaceAsOne platform, and Pinkham has personally taken on the responsibility.

“I genuinely feel unless I leave this sport with more women in it than when I arrived, I won’t have done anyone a favour, so I’m working really hard with a couple of other ladies within the sport to try and recruit more women,” said Pinkham.

“There is nothing that precludes a woman from working in F1 even from driving an (F1) car. Jenson Button, who has won a world championship so he’s got much more right to say that than I have, he’s like 'there is nothing physical that can preclude a woman from driving an F1 car'.”

“We all have a responsibility to make the sport more accessible, most interesting and more of a viable career option for women and young men of different ethnic backgrounds, something that we should be really proud of Lewis Hamilton for doing” she continued.

The podcast is available on Spotify, Google Podcasts and Apple Podcasts platforms.



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