Gill Jones collects F1 trophy after Bahrain Grand Prix

Gill Jones on the Bahrain podium with Sebastian Vettel

Gill Jones on the Bahrain podium with Sebastian Vettel

Champions Red Bull claimed a Formula One first on Sunday by sending a female team member up to the podium to collect their constructors’ trophy after Sebastian Vettel won the Bahrain Grand Prix.

The claim was wrong as in 1986 Virginia Williams became the first woman to collect a constructor`s trophy on a Formula 1 podium at the British GP in 1986. She collected it on behalf of her husband Frank Williams who was recovering after his car accident.

Nevertheless, Gill Jones ended a quarter century absence of women collecting constructors’ trophies on an F1 podium, becoming the second woman to do so in the history of the sport.

Race winner Nigel Mansell and Alain Prost watch as Virginia Williams collects the Constructor's trophy at the 1986 British GP at Brands Hatch

Race winner Nigel Mansell and Alain Prost watch as Virginia Williams collects the Constructor’s trophy at the 1986 British GP at Brands Hatch

Jones is Red Bull’s head of trackside electronics with responsibility for all the electronics in the racing cars and garage, joined world champion Vettel for the ceremony at the Sakhir circuit.
“It was great to send an important member of our team up today, Gill Jones, who has done an awful lot,” team principal Christian Horner told reporters. “I think she’s probably the first woman to go and collect a constructors’ trophy. It was great to see her up there representing the team as well today.”

Formula One has no female drivers and the only women on the podium usually are the grid girls and hostesses standing by as the drivers celebrate.

Sauber have a female team principal in Monisha Kaltenborn, but the Swiss team have not won a race in her time in charge. Williams have Claire Williams as deputy team boss to her father Frank.

 

  • Jessy

    I thinks it great that Red Bull had her up there on the podium.
    First time in F1 history and in a country that threat their women as second class citizens. You got to love Redbull’s rebel attitude!

  • Not Bernie

    Personally I love when teams put forward different people to pick up the constructor’s trophy. Given how significant the electronics are in any car and any team it’s fully deserving that the head of trackside electronics should be chosen.

    That the head just so happens to be female in a region who’s culture is to oppress women is an absolute bonus. Well done Red Bull!

  • adam22

    what redbull did was awesome, first i thought she was cool!

  • McLarenfan

    I thought it was a perfect choice by Red Bull I think Seb was right to point out just how important she is to the team too.

  • Kimi4WDC

    Vettel a bit misleading there.

    F1Fanatic: “Virginia Williams, who passed away last month, received the trophy for Williams at the 1986 British Grand Prix at Brands Hatch, when Nigel Mansell and Nelson Piquet finished first and second. This was her husband Frank Williams’s first appearance at a race after bring paralysed in a road accident earlier that year.”

  • Apex Assassin

    Better to see her than Newey’s chrome-dome.

  • Steve

    “Vettel a bit misleading there”

    Virginia Williams was not a team member. So you’re wrong.

  • AlonsoFan

    @ steve “I think she’s probably the first woman to go and collect a constructors’ trophy. It was great to see her up there representing the team as well today.” so you are wrong,the point is that a woman had already been on the podium before yesturday

  • Not Bernie

    If Gill Jones wasn’t the first, then she was certainly the first in a long time!

    Still, she was there because her job is important; not for anything else.

  • Speedo

    G I Jones

  • Christine

    Well done, Cousin!!

  • Christine

    Well done, Cousin!!!

  • Christine

    Whoops – double post! Some things are just worth repeating!