Danica Patrick announced yesterday that she is "ruling out" a move to F1 next year, citing a desire to remain in the United States and close to family and friends. Anyone who has been paying attention to Formula One news for the past year knows that this is a massive change in tune for her on the subject and that her comments are quite suspect.
It was reported last year that Honda had scheduled a Formula One test for her. During the media circus that ensued, Patrick stated she was "dead set" on racing in Formula One. As it turns out, Honda never discussed a test with her or anyone in her inner circle.
So how does Danica Patrick over the course of a year go from being "dead set" on racing in the ultimate motorsport series in the world (and admitting that it's such) to her heart "not being in F1" because she wants to stay with family and friends in the states?
It's simple: She was never offered a ride in Formula One, and now she is acting like the arrogant brat she is by perpetuating the image that F1 is to be dismissed as beneath her. This may work with idiot yanks in the states, but serious motorsport people know this is a load of rubbish.
That Patrick even thinks she was deserving of a F1 ride in the first place is simply laughable. She has never won a professional road race at any level of her career. I'll repeat that: SHE HAS NEVER WON A PROFESSIONAL ROAD RACE AT ANY LEVEL OF HER CAREER!
Danica has thoroughly displayed that she is, at best, an average IndyCar driver. She's won one race in her four and a half seasons (an oval race), and that win is 100 percent attributable to a fuel strategy gamble by her team that paid off. She's never shown any particular speed or dominance behind the wheel of the car, especially not on road circuits.
The argument that she has been held back by her team is simply ridiculous. Originally, she raced for a team—Rahal-Letterman—that had won the Indy 500 the year before she joined them as a rookie.
Her current team—Andretti-Green—has won three of the last five drivers championships, including one with Dario Franchitti in 2007 in the year in which Danica joined the team. She's had ample opportunities in great equipment to win and show she is a top driver in IndyCar, and all that she has shown is that she isn't a top talent.
How can someone with this record, who presumably had excellent funding and resources backing her given the realization of money to be made from her marketing potential, think she's even remotely worthy of a ride in F1?
Furthermore, how can Danica have the nerve to be so dismissive of the series in the process? Her spoiled nature has reared its ugly head recently not only in F1, but in NASCAR, as she insists she must land with a winning team there in order to make the move to the series.
Danica Patrick is everything that is wrong with motorsports. She is given the attention of one of the all-time greats when in fact she has nowhere near the talent or accomplishments to justify it.
Danica is a marketing business, not a top racing driver. She has received great opportunities that more talented drivers—including female drivers—couldn't achieve solely based on her looks and willingness to stoop to the level of taking her clothes off for more money. Yet, she carries herself with the arrogance and attitude that not even a multiple Formula One World Champion could justify.
Danica is truly a disgusting spectacle for true racing fans to behold. She belongs nowhere near a Formula One car, and anyone who pretends that she is a major loss for F1 is simply uninformed.
It's time for more serious people in motorsport to (and on any other topic, this would be a blasphemous statement) follow the lead of three-time F1 World Champion Nelson Piquet in calling her out for just how ridiculous she is.