Sky Sports confirms Danica Patrick as part of 2024 lineup amid controversy

Sky Sports confirms Danica Patrick as part of 2024 lineup amid controversy

Sky Sports confirmed that Danica Patrick will continue to be a member of the F1 crew of presenters as the lineup will basically remain the same for 2024.

Former NASCAR racer Danica Patrick has been confirmed to continue as a Sky Sports F1 presenter in 2024 despite receiving criticism for her provocative remarks.

The broadcasting company which holds the exclusive rights to broadcast the Formula One World Championship in the United Kingdom and Ireland through 2029, has revealed its lineup of presenters for the 2024 season.

Sky confirmed that its lineup for F1 coverage will remain unchanged with the exception of an unannounced new name. David Croft and Martin Brundle will serve as the lead commentators along with a rotating cast of current and former F1 drivers including Bernie Collins, Jenson Button, and Nico Rosberg.

With the first race slated to begin on March 2nd at the Bahrain International Circuit, Patrick will appear in seven of the twenty-four races that are scheduled for the 2024 season.

In her third season on Sky, Patrick made a number of controversial remarks. She said that racism was “not normal in a feminine mind” and most recently shared pictures from a Republican rally featuring hats featuring the words “I could sh*t a better president” and a stand that sold “woke tears water.”

Given that Patrick faced criticism from the public on several occasions during the previous season, F1 fans might find themselves taken aback by her appointment to the Sky Sports F1 presenting team for the forthcoming season.

She initially raised eyebrows on the weekend of the Hungarian Grand Prix by arguing live on television that women are not prepared to race in Formula 1.

“I think that the nature of the sport is masculine,” she said. “It’s aggressive. You have to, you know, handle the car.

“Not only just the car because that’s skill, but the mindset that it takes to be really good is something that’s not normal in a feminine mind, a female mind.”

Later on, the former driver reaffirmed her views, saying on the Sky Sports F1 podcast that she doesn’t think all-female racing series such as F1 Academy are important and that they prevent women from getting at the pinnacle of motor racing.

In another incident, Patrick infuriated spectators throughout the weekend of the Las Vegas Grand Prix by implying that individuals who were disappointed by the first practice session’s cancellation should have paid for full weekend passes instead.

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