Only since the 24. June of this year, it is prohibited for women in Saudi Arabia to drive a car. The desert state to this day the only country in the world where women do not own a PW and had the power to control. Global this ban in the conservative Kingdom, was met with incomprehension and criticism. Hardly it was canceled, exchanged a lot of women your foreign driving permits in Saudi Arab papers. The consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers estimates that in Saudi Arabia, by 2020 around three million women a ticket. You are allowed to drive cars in addition to cars, now motorcycles, vans and trucks.
Not half a year, the change in the law, because the formula E carries out an extraordinary day of testing in the Arabian Peninsula. On Sunday, the day after the start of the race for the fifth championship took place in Diriyya on the same course the first day of testing during the season. The special feature is that Eight of the eleven Teams have used female test riders.
An explicit reason for this action, the organizers called. "In cooperation with the operator, the leaders of the formula E have reached agreement on a day with a heightened female presence," announced the magazine, " Motorsport Total" in the run-up.
A "neighbor" at the Start
The formula E is known for taking their own course. She turned her most recent advertising spot in the desert of Saudi Arabia. In the Clip, newcomer Felipe Massa engaged in a duel with a peregrine Falcon. To do this, it is explained that the bird of prey reach a Top speed of 320 km/h, while the electronically-powered car coming to 280 km/h. However, the former formula 1 Pilot will win the race against the beast.
What has won the series with your test pilot's day in a suburb of the capital, Riyadh, will remain a mystery. Sure a little media attention, but in Europe is greater than before place. And it is not likely to be the target have been the women in Saudi Arabia – in a number of other areas, continue to be subject to strict restrictions – to demonstrate that, and how much they are now allowed to press on the gas pedal. To know that by now. And the Locals could not sit in a Cockpit, at least not during the official test runs. The Team Virgin had with Amna al-Qubaisi, although the first jockey from the Middle East to the control. The 18-Year-old may, however, represent only poorly the local women, since she is born and bred in the US. She sails under the flag of the United Arab Emirates.
"Super positive day of testing"
Al-Qubaisi, and the other seven Test pilots were at least on trips. Beitske Visser writes, for example, on Twitter of a "really cool day in the car!" and would get "right back". In addition, the BMW-Andretti started Dutch thanked them politely for the opportunity that was offered. This opportunity was remained Saudi Arabian women previously denied.
Really cool day in the car! Learned a lot and already want to jump in again???? big thanks for the opportunity???? @Bmwmotor sports @follow Andretti @FIAFormulaE pic.twitter.com/ckm5N3Rq7zBeitske Visser (@beitske Visser) 16. December 2018,
the Swiss, Simona de Silvestro from the Venturi Team writes on Twitter of a "super positive day of testing" and would like to thank Felipe Massa, that she could borrow his car. In this, the 30-Year-old was the fastest of the eight Racers. They finished fourth in the 14. Rank. Their time of 1:12,048 minutes was a half second better than the lap record of André Lotterer on Saturday in the race. Best time of the day in two three-hour training sessions, the Briton Sam Bird (Virgin) scored with 1:09,668 minutes.
Super positive day testing the @VenturiFE car. Thanks @MassaFelipe19 for lending me your car ????. We had a big testing plan to go trough and learned a lot. Unfortunately no segment mode run for us today but times were strong on 200 kw! Thank you team! pic.twitter.com/pq3aO5GjmYSimona De Silvestro (@simdesilvestro) 16. December 2018,
FIA President poses with racing driver inside
Tatiana Calderon, the test driver of the Sauber team in formula 1, was for the Team DS Techeetah into the Cockpit and reported on her Twitter Account of a "great experience". For the 25-year-old Colombian, it was also a joy, FIA President Jean Todt in the pits.
A pleasure to see Mr @JeanTodt in the @FIAFormulaE test in Riyadh yesterday! The @FIA and @fiawim working hard to create and promote opportunities for Women in Motorsport ???????? A pleasure to share the day with some very talented female drivers ???????? pic.twitter.com/NeOVnWN5tv— Tatiana Calderon (@TataCalde) 17. December 2018,
The FIA President, for his part posted proud photos, to see where Aseel al-Hamad chauffeured him around. The racer, which sees itself as the Ambassador of your country, belongs to the FIA women's Commission and the Saudi Motorsport Federation. They had celebrated the repeal of the driving ban for women in your country in support of the GP of France in Le Castellet in a formula 1 racing car by Renault.
Great being on the #AdDiriyahEPRIX track today with driver @ASEEL_ALHAMAD joined by Princess Reema bint Bandar al-Saud and Michelle Mouton, President of the @FIA Women in Motorsport Commission. Excellent to witness the rich new talent amongst female drivers here. pic.twitter.com/5nq5dqXyOu— Jean Todt (@JeanTodt) 16. December 2018,
A "Saudi Arabian PR-Trick"
As formula E test driver in Saudi Arabia set the scene, doesn't fit already. The "mirror" writes, under the title of "The cynical game with the women in the formula E" a "Saudi PR Trick" the auto industry case. The German industry service for electric mobility relies on Electrive.net "formula E is setting in Saudi Arabia sign of women's rights" on a completely different headline.
Quite critical of the "Süddeutsche Zeitung" even the start of the season of formula E considered on the outskirts of the desert city, and this is justified in a detailed article.
advertisement for the rogue state: The formula E starts in the Oil - and-torture state of Saudi Arabia in the season - is a greater contradiction is hard to imagine. https://t.co/gIJXJiQMlu— Süddeutsche Zeitung (@SZ) 15. December 2018,
Created: 17.12.2018, 15:11 PM