‘They deserve it’ – Caitlyn Jenner rallies for women drivers in F1 as she reveals new W Series team Jenner Racing

CAITLYN JENNER has revealed women "deserve" the chance to be behind the wheel of a car on the Formula One grid.

The 72-year-old founded W Series team Jenner Racing earlier this year.

The women-only racing championship has grown in popularity since its first season in 2019 and is now a support series for eight Formula One Grands Prix races.

But while Jenner has praised the women-only events, she wants to see a woman driver offered the chance to compete in F1.

She told Sky Sports ahead of this weekend's Miami GP: "It's so hard for women to move up the ladder. They can drive, it's not the driving.

"It's attracting the right sponsors, it's about all the things outside of racing that you have to get right.

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"And these girls deserve this. The W series is a development series, I want to see a woman in Formula One.

"We haven't had that in over forty-something years. And they deserve to be there, and so I'm very excited about it."

Italian driver Lella Lombardi was the last woman to start an F1 race behind the wheel, doing so on 12 occasions between 1974 and 1976.

Giovanna Amati was the last female to enter a GP back in 1992, but she never actually saw the start lights go out.

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In F1's entire history, only five women have ever actually attempted to qualify for a race.

In recent years the likes of Susie Wolff, wife of Mercedes chief Toto, Colombian driver Tatiana Calderon and Jamie Chadwick have all been employed as development or test drivers for various teams.

None of them though have actually start a GP on the grid.

Chadwick continues to be a development driver at Williams, and earlier this year signed to race for Jenner's W Series team.

And speaking on her driver, Jenner said: "I want to help Jamie get to the next level."

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