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Danica Patrick: Fans react to ex-IndyCar driver's F1 coverage

Danica Patrick: Fans react to ex-IndyCar driver's F1 coverage

Danica Patrick: Fans react to ex-IndyCar driver's F1 coverage

Danica Patrick: Fans react to ex-IndyCar driver's F1 coverage

Danica Patrick's position on Sky Sports F1 this week has added another dimension to the Miami Grand Prix coverage, but she has split opinion among F1 fans.

Patrick is a veteran of the US IndyCar circuit, having competed over eight seasons and winning a race in the IndyCar Japan 300 - the only woman to have done so.

Patrick also competed in NASCAR, and was drafted into Sky Sports' coverage for the grand prix weekend in Miami for its inaugural race.

She appeared mostly alongside Jenson Button but given her lack of F1 background, it is fair to say her appearance and subsequent statements divided the F1 fanbase.

Here are just some of the mixed opinions on her contribution to the coverage:

Danica Patrick on Sky Sports

Many fans were keen to question Patrick's role in proceedings given what they believed to be her 'light' knowledge of Formula 1.

She also seemed to suggest that Lewis Hamilton had won the world championship last year... but she also could have meant he almost won it...

As some set out to destroy her credentials as being qualified to broadcast as part of the coverage, others were keen to defend her role and indeed her racing history.

And Simon Lazenby, Sky Sports F1 host for the weekend, seemed to enjoy having Patrick on the broadcast, tweeting just before the race began:

Danica Patrick brands F1 jewellery ban 'stupid'

Patrick also made her opinion clear on the F1 jewellery ban which has caused untold conversation over the weekend and led to potential sanctions for Lewis Hamilton.

She said of the regulation: "This is stupid, who cares? I wore earrings my entire career, and no one ever said a word.

"It is up to you what your threshold is for danger. The rules for Formula 1 are not the rules for other series, so just because it is something about setting an example doesn’t mean they are going to change the rules necessarily in some other series.

“I think Formula 1 and tongue piercings in the same sentence is not something I thought would happen."

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