By Giulia Noto and Emma Veschetti
Motorsport has always been seen as a sport for “men” and to date, despite the progress that has been made, unfortunately not many women have managed to make their way into this environment.
In order to give a boost in that direction, in 2019 has been introduced the W Series, a platform made for women racing drivers to help them race globally in Motorsport. MotorLAT had the opportunity of interviewing Jessica Hawkins, who as been running in this category for three years now and also joined Aston Martin Formula 1 team as driver ambassador in 2021.
In the course of the interview we had the opportunity to talk with her about different topics starting with her career, her work at Aston Martin and women in Motorsport.
Talking about how important it is to give visibility to certain topics, we asked Hawkins if by working in Aston Martin she had the opportunity to discuss important topics and causes with Sebastian Vettel.
As we know the German driver is a supporter of plenty causes, always trying to use his position and voice to amplify the one of those who need it most. From wearing t-shirts with slogans, themed helmets and carrying on initiatives, Vettel has shown many times his support to women in Motorsport and the LGBTQ+ community.
“I mean everything Seb stands for, he stands for because he's very passionate about it,” said Hawkins.
“He puts a lot of time and effort into the things that he does, and he is obviously a huge advocate for women in Motorsport and the LGBTQ+ community.
“And I think it's really powerful coming from him, because he doesn't fall into the LGBTQ+ category, but he's still so passionate about the visibility of it and doing what he can to help.
“And Lewis has been a big advocate as well. So to have two people so influential behind it is fantastic. I think it speaks volumes as well.”
Vettel started his final race in Abu Dhabi last month. During the whole weekend we had tangible proof of how much he meant for this sport, for the people who had the opportunity to work and compete next to him and for the ones who cheered him. Surely a sign that his legacy will never leave.
Having worked in the same team as Vettel and having had the chance to spend time with him, we asked Hawkins how much he will be missed by everyone at Aston Martin.
“It's no secret that the whole team and everybody in Motorsport was extremely sad to see him retire. He's had a fantastic career.
"He said that he had been thinking about it for some time. Selfishly we want him to stay because we love him so much.
"But when it's your time you must know. He's got other things I think he wants to explore.”