(GMM) The woman at the center of a Formula 1 sexism scandal has played down the incident that occurred in the Spanish GP paddock last weekend.
Former drivers Davide Valsecchi and Matteo Bobbi have reportedly been suspended for at least the upcoming race in Montreal after making sexist remarks about an attractive woman who was in the background during the live Sky Italia broadcast.
“I want to tell Davide that behind him there is a nice package of updates, if he turns around,” 44-year-old Bobbi, who was a Minardi test driver, said.
Turning around, 2012 GP2 champion Valsecchi replied: “Unfortunately, they told me that you can’t test them.”
The pair subsequently apologized for offending “women and Sky” – but the woman involved has now emerged to support Italians Valsecchi and Bobbi.
“When I read about their suspension I thought it was a joke,” Christine Giampaoli Zonca, a rally driver, told Corriere della Sera newspaper.
“I wasn’t offended. It was a joke. This all seems so over the top.”
In fact, she is vowing to do what she can to clear the Sky presenters’ names [Editor’s Note: ruined because some woke leftist Sky boss got their panties in a knot]
“At the next race, I’ll send a video together with Bobbi and Valsecchi so maybe this time I’ll be the one to make a couple of jokes about them.”
Zonca says she knows Valsecchi and Bobbi and finds them to be polite.
She also said another woman she was standing with in the paddock at the time “doesn’t want to talk, but she too didn’t take it badly.
“When I found out about this and discovered that what I heard was true, I was sorry. They are two good commentators. It all seems so exaggerated to me.
“I know them and I wrote to them right away,” Zonca added.
Zonca insists not only that Valsecchi and Bobbi are not sexist, but that she has “never” been offended by the comments of men.
“As in all industries, there are those who make a comment that maybe can be annoying but I’ve never had any problems,” she told. “I’ve always had a good relationship with everyone.”
June 7, 2023
(GMM) Two Formula 1 presenters have been suspended for alleged sexist remarks during last weekend’s Sky Italia broadcast of the Spanish GP.
Davide Valsecchi and Matteo Bobbi, both former F1 test drivers, have apologized after joking about an attractive woman who was standing in frame in the Barcelona paddock during the live broadcast.
“I want to tell Davide that behind him there is a nice package of updates, if he turns around,” 44-year-old Bobbi, who was a Minardi test driver, reportedly said.
Turning around, 2012 GP2 champion Valsecchi said: “Unfortunately, they told me that you can’t test them.”
It is believed the Italian pair will be absent in Montreal as they suspended from duty for at least one race.
Sky is yet to comment on the story, but 36-year-old Valsecchi has apologized.
“I would like to apologize to anyone who has felt offended, to women and to Sky,” he said.
Bobbi added: “I was the protagonist of a joke that came out in a completely unpleasant way, even though it wasn’t my intention.
“As I am anything but a disrespectful person, I sincerely apologize to anyone who may have felt offended, reiterating my total and profound respect for everyone and all women.
“For ten years I have been commenting on F1 with my friends at Sky, a family now, and in those ten years I’ve never been in such a situation.
“I’ve always thought that from mistakes you understand, you learn and you start again,” he added.