Women drivers are part of the future of Formula One, says F1 boss

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Updated 07 November 2018

Women drivers are part of the future of Formula One, says F1 boss

  • Chase Carey wants to see more diverse range on drivers on the grid.
  • Hanoi will become only the third Southeast Asian nation to host an F1 race.

HANOI: Formula One’s ideal future will see Asian, American and female drivers battling for glory on race circuits around the world, the sport’s chief executive Chase Carey has said.
Carey announced that Vietnam capital Hanoi will become only the third Southeast Asian nation to host an F1 race, after Malaysia and Singapore, when it puts on a Grand Prix for the first time in 2020.
While the move is part of F1’s strategy to move into markets where it hopes to groom a new generation of fans, and boost revenues, Carey hopes the spin-off is the emergence of drivers from all around the globe.
“We want to provide opportunities for drivers of different nationalities from around the world,” he said.
“We’d love to have a Chinese driver, an American driver, a female driver, a Vietnamese driver, all be part of our future.
“We’d love nothing better than to have races around the world, to have teams and drivers from around the world.”
Although Asia has produced several F1 drivers in the past, from pioneering “Prince Bira” of Thailand in the 1950s to India’s Narain Karthikeyan in 2012, none have reached a competitive level.
Historically, Japan leads the way for Asia, having produced 20 drivers so far, though there have been none from China or Vietnam.
Carey believes that all that could change with F1’s latest foray into Asia.
“Asia is certainly important as a growth engine of the world and it will just become increasingly important part,” said Carey. AFP
“Being in Asia is certainly a cornerstone to our long-term growth strategy.” AN


Premier League legend Ashley Cole announces retirement, plans move into coaching

Updated 18 August 2019

Premier League legend Ashley Cole announces retirement, plans move into coaching

LONDON: Former England defender Ashley Cole is planning a move into coaching after announcing his retirement from football.

Cole won 13 major titles during his 20-year career, including the 2012 Champions League with Chelsea, three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups.

The 38-year-old Cole, who also won 107 caps for England, announced his retirement Sunday while working as a pundit on British broadcaster Sky Sports.

"After hard thinking and consideration, it was obviously time to hang my boots up and look towards my next chapter, which will hopefully be coaching. I'm doing a course at the moment," Cole said. "Now I want to be great at being a coach."

Cole said he was most proud of his haul of England caps. Only Peter Shilton, Wayne Rooney, David Beckham, Steven Gerrard and Bobby Moore have made more appearances for the country.

Cole began his career with Arsenal and, after a brief loan spell at Crystal Palace, went on to make more than 200 appearances for the Gunners, lifting the FA Cup three times and winning the Premier League twice. He was a member of the "Invincibles" team which went through the 2003-04 Premier League season unbeaten.

He left the club in acrimonious circumstances in 2006 and was fined £100,000 ($121,500) — later reduced to £75,000 on appeal — for his part in an illegal approach from Chelsea in 2005, the club he would join the following year.

Cole won the FA Cup in his first season at Stamford Bridge and four times in total and also won the Premier League in 2010 and the Champions League in 2012, scoring in the penalty shootout as Chelsea beat Bayern Munich.

After leaving Chelsea in 2014, Cole had spells with Roma and LA Galaxy before ending his playing career under former Chelsea teammate Frank Lampard at Derby in England's second tier.