F1 CEO compares women to 'domestic appliances'

Updated: June 18, 2005, 5:26 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

All the attention that Danica Patrick has received on the Indy Racing League circuit has not made Formula One president and CEO Bernie Ecclestone a fan.

Ecclestone, in Indianapolis for the United States Grand Prix, was asked about Patrick's success Friday.

"Yep, she did a good job, didn't she? Super. Didn't think she was going to make it," Ecclestone said.

Before leaving, Ecclestone made one more assessment about women racing with men.

"You know I've got one of those wonderful ideas ... women should be dressed in white like all the other domestic appliances."

It isn't the first time Ecclestone commented on women in racing, telling Autosport racing magazine in Feb. 2000 that women would never excel in Forumla One. He added that if a woman did make it, "she would have to be a woman who was blowing away the boys. ... What I would really like to see happen is to find the right girl, perhaps a black girl with super looks, preferably Jewish or Muslim, who speaks Spanish."