(CNN)Is it finally time for women to have their own Formula One races?
While the likes of Susie Wolff and Carmen Jorda have landed development roles with teams in recent seasons, there hasn't been a female driver on the starting grid for almost 40 years.
The last woman to compete in an F1 race was Lella Lombardi in 1976, and the last to try to qualify for one was Giovanna Amati in 1992.
F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone told the media at last weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix that female racers would benefit from a "showcase" series.
But when asked by CNN about the possibility of forming a separate women's F1 world championship, he responded: "I am not sure if this will happen."