An FIA investigation has concluded that, in addition to the lack of ethnic and female drivers in Formula 1, there are also not enough jockeys.
F1 Supremo, Bernie Ecclestone said, "We are making progress in some areas of diversity with two teams now having female test drivers. We have also had racers from countries like Venezuela and India, though there are still too many Germans for my liking. What is clear to see is that none of our current pool of drivers has ever competed in the 2:35 at Kempton Park. Jockeys would be ideal candidates for driving an F1 car as they are small and light, plus they have a good understanding of horsepower. Add to that, they don't earn nearly as much money, so all the more for me."
Efforts at greater crossover between the two sports have already got underway during a recent test session in Barcelona where Frankie Dettori completed 15 laps in a Toro Rosso, whilst Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg were asked to ride over the weekend at Aintree. Dettori produced some very quick lap times, making full use of KERS, DRS and, on the back straight, his whip. Hamilton finished last in his race, putting the defeat down to a slow shoe change in the pits. Rosberg retired with a broken suspension after jumping Beechers Brook.
During the Barcelona test session, Michael Schumacher span off into the gravel trap and, after a short delay, was shot by a vet. Ecclestone hailed this as "a great step forward for the sport."