As he enters what look set to be the final years of his career, four-time world champion Lewis Hamilton is undoubtedly becoming more vocal when it comes to his views on the future of F1.
Prior to this season's opening race in Australia, Hamilton called for a more level playing field within the sport to stimulate greater competition, but the Brit's latest call for change would completely revolutionise the sport.
The 33-year-old wants to see more women involved at every level of the sport - and would also like to see F1 follow the lead of sports such as cricket, boxing, and mixed martial arts in having females actively compete.
“There needs to be more women involved,” said Hamilton, per The Express. “It’s just dudes everywhere. I mean, across the whole spectrum: engineering, marketing.
"We don’t have any female racing drivers. I’ve got a great aerodynamicist who is female, and she’s just crazy into cars," added Hamilton, clearly believing that the female talent exists to be successful in F1.
Whilst five women have driven in F1 races in the sport's history, the last of which was Italy's Giovanna Amati 26 years ago, it is the lack of current role models that many feel acts as a barrier to female participation in the sport.
The wife of Hamilton's current boss is the most recent high profile example of a woman being involved in F1 in an on-track capacity.
Susie Wolff, wife of Mercedes chief Toto, has driven for Silver Arrows in testing, but never officially competed for the team. She echoed Hamilton's comments regarding a lack of diversity.
"One of the main issues is that young girls have no one to aspire to growing up, whereas a young boy can grow up wanting to be Sebastian Vettel," said Wolff, who has raced in Formula Three.
Hamilton is clearly keen to see an increased female presence both on and off the grid in the coming years.
It would be prudent of F1 owners Liberty Media to give consideration to Hamilton's comments.
A female competing in a race would do much to enhance the reputation of the sport in the eyes of the wider community and would certainly attract more female viewers to the sport.
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