Former Formula One driver Timo Glock has called for women to have a separate series of competition within motorsport.
"The question is whether to introduce a parallel women's DTM (German Touring Cars) or a women's Formula 1," he told the Rheinische Post on Thursday. "As in men's and women's football."
Glock, who now drives in DTM for BMW, questioned whether there would be enough drivers but said "in almost every sport there's something equivalent."
A handful of women have competed at the elite Formula One level but Susie Wolff's appearances for Williams in free practice in 2014 was the first female participation in an F1 weekend for two decades.
The Colombian Tatiana Calderon is currently signed as a test driver with the Sauber F1 team.
David Coulthard, another former F1 driver, backed the idea. He also told the paper: "Formula 1 for women will come. Just as it is in tennis, as it is in football, as it is in many other sports - women compete in their own competition. I think that's a very sensible idea."dpa