David Coulthard claims women can't win in F1 because of 'mothering DNA'

Former Formula One driver David Coulthard during a photocall at the official opening of The Scottish Caravan and Outdoor Leisure Show at the SECC in Glasgow.

Former Formula One driver David Coulthard believes women can't beat men in the sport because of their 'mothering DNA'.

Coulthard, who never won an F1 title during his 15-year career in the sport, revealed in an interview with the Daily Record that while he thought women could compete in the sport, he didn't think they would win.

He said: "We all have different skills and some people choose to develop those skills in competition and there's no reason why a lady could not compete at the highest level.

"It's not the physical aspect that limits ladies' ability to compete in Formula 1 at the top level.

"It's maybe that last little bit of separation between the mothering DNA that makes ladies capable of having a child and providing for that child.

"Not to sound too caveman about it – there are well-understood physical and profile differences from a man's and lady's point of view.

"There would be lot less war if the guys weren't doing their thing.

"Show me other sports where you can have males and females competing on the same sports ground."

Coulthard also went on to say that he thought fellow Scot and racing driver Susie Wolff – who was a test and reserve driver at Williams – was a "very talented individual".

However, he also said: "The reality is though, and she would acknowledge this, that in the same way I was not as talented as Michael Schumacher or Lewis Hamilton, she wasn't as talented as Schumacher or Hamilton.

"The sport at its highest level is not about finding good competitors – they're all good. It's about finding exceptional, and that's how life should be."

Nico Rosberg, who won the 2016 F1 Championship, announced his retirement following his victory. At the time he said his decision was based heavily on his desire to focus on being a father and husband.