Women drivers will never be taken seriously in Formula One ... so says the man who RUNS the organization, Bernie Ecclestone.
Ecclestone -- the most powerful person in all of racing -- was speaking at an Advertising Week Europe conference in London when someone asked about women drivers.
"I don’t know whether a woman would physically be able to drive an F1 car quickly, and they wouldn’t be taken seriously,” he said Tuesday according to The Daily Beast.
He did however say when it comes to running businesses, "Women are more competent, and they don’t have massive egos."
FYI -- there have only been FIVE female F1 drivers who have ever competed in a Grand Prix ... with the most recent being Giovanna Amati ... who last raced in 1992.