Finnish driver Emma Kimilainen races in the W series, which is a kind of women’s version of Formula 1. Before she got a seat in the women’s racing series, her goal was to reach the IndyCar series, for which she would first have to go through the IndyLights support category. Emma, however, never appeared in the development series, as the team she was in contact with had a very special condition in exchange for a race seat.
In 2010, Kimilainen, who raced alongside Marcus Ericsson, Valtteri Bottas and Kevin Magnussen, negotiated with the IndyLights team.
In an interview for the Shikaani podcast, the Finnish driver revealed that the team’s management told her that she did not need a personal sponsor, as the team had already reached an agreement with “for men” magazine, which demanded that Emma must first pose in a bikini, then topples as well as.
Kimilainen, of course, rejected the offer without thinking:
“Fortunately, a lot has changed for the better in motorsport since then. I’ve never spoken about it in public because I hate drama. But the fact is, it really happened.”