The Grand Tour Is Doing More for Gender Equality Than The FIA
With the removal of Mike Skinner, The American, from the show after Season 1, The Grand Tour have now given us a glimpse of their new driver. Abbie Eaton was shown driving the Mercedes-AMG GTR around the Eboladrome, and while she wasn't addressed by her name, she was credited at the end as Abbie Eaton.
While Mark Webber drove the same car in his audition, his time wasn't nearly as fast as Abbie's who celebrated a 1.18.70. You can learn more about Abbie Eaton here, but read on as to how this could effect the motor industry and the people within it.
With a woman at the helm of one of the largest motoring related shows in the world, we hope that other women interested in motorsports but deterred by the dominance of men in the field will be more inclined to step into the industry.
This is especially important now as the FIA has just named Carmen Jorda, Renault Sport Formula 1 reserve driver, as an advocate for women in racing. This came as a massive disappointment to many, as Carmen Jordan is known to believe that men and women don't compete as equals in motorsport. A strange decision from the FIA.
However you feel about the subject, we can't deny that Abbie Eaton will be an incredible role model to many, and we look forward to seeing her more on The Grand Tour.