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Stirling Moss V Susie Wolff

Women lack mental the aptitude to race in Formula 1, according to former competitor Sir Stirling Moss.

He told Radio 5 Live: "I think they have the strength, but I don't know if they've got the mental aptitude to race hard, wheel-to-wheel."

The 83-year-old added: "The mental stress I think would be pretty difficult for a lady to deal with in a practical fashion. I just don't think they have aptitude to win a Formula 1 race."

Moss' comments were met with derision by F1 hopeful Susie Wolff, who told the BBC: "I don't know where to start after hearing that interview."

The 30-year-old Scot added: "I completely disagree with him. It makes me cringe hearing that. I've got a lot of respect for Sir Stirling and what he achieved, but I think we're in a different generation."

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