Button: No reason women can’t compete

Date published: April 10 2015

Jenson Button has ruled out a women-only F1 Championship, as there is "no reason" why the ladies can't take on the men.

Earlier this year, F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone put forward a suggestion for an all-women's championship.

Explaining his reasoning, he said: "For some reason, women are not coming through – and not because we don't want them.

"Of course we do, because they would attract a lot of attention and publicity and probably a lot of sponsors."

Button, though, disagrees that such a series is needed.

According to the 2009 World Champion, racing F1 cars is no longer physically challenging, meaning the playing field between the sexes has leveled out.

"We have a lot of issues that need resolving but I don't think we'll have a women's championship," he told the BBC.

"There's no reason a woman can't race against guys. These days, with the way the cars are, it is mentally taxing and demanding but not physically."

He added: "I can't run a marathon the same speed as Paula Radcliffe so I'm sure a woman with the right skill set could be as competitive as any guy in F1."