Stop us if you’ve heard this one: public personality speaks his unfiltered mind in a public forum, one of his unfiltered comments makes people go “OMG did he really say that?!”, the Internet shock-and-rehash machine goes dynamo, public personality issues an apology. You didn’t stop us, but we’ll assume you are familiar with the formula, and Sir Stirling Moss is the latest in the automotive world to follow the script. In April, while a guest on a BBC Radio 5 special, Moss said he believed women “have the strength, but I don’t know if they’ve got the mental aptitude to race hard, wheel-to-wheel” and win a Formula 1 race.
People who didn’t even know they had hackles got their hackles up over that one. Moss was also publicly rebuffed by Susie Wolff, a test driver for the Williams F1 team who happens to be a woman. Interestingly, Wolff apparently did say she trains harder in order to be strong enough, but she was talking about muscular, not mental, fortitude.
As for Moss, on May 9 Wolff let everyone know via Twitter that Moss called her to apologize for his comments. Wolff said it was buried, ending the tweet with the same comment she made after the BBC interview aired: “He’s entitled to his opinion.”