Danica Patrick not going to F1

BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Danica Patrick has no desire to drive in Formula One even though the chief of the organization says he would like to lure her to the sport.

Bernie Ecclestone expressed his interest in getting Patrick to F1 on Wednesday. Patrick, in her first full season in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series, was flattered but not interested.

"I did see something about Bernie's comments," Patrick said on Friday at Bristol Motor Speedway. "They sounded complimentary, and it looked like he was kind of acknowledging my ability to drive a car.

"I always said unless it would be something I would want to do for real, as in race a Formula One car, I don't see any point in testing it. It's a lot of work to get fitted in a car comfortable enough to be able to go drive it."

Ecclestone told the F1 website that Patrick "will hardly want to give up the exposure she has in the U.S. to come here and maybe not make it."

"All the things that people worry about -- whether a woman can cope with the g-forces and all that -- she has proven that she can," he said.

In 2005, Ecclestone made headlines regarding his not-so-complimentary remarks about Patrick's fourth-place finish in the Indianapolis 500.

"You know, I've got one of these wonderful ideas that women should be all dressed in white like all the other domestic appliances," he said at the time.

Patrick laughed when asked whether Ecclestone's attempt to get her to F1 ended any differences the two may have had. She reminded reporters that he's also sent her complimentary messages after big moments in her career since 2005.

"I tell you what, I do love domestic appliances," she said. "I love to cook, and I love to be in the kitchen. That's flattering. Those utensils are very important in my life."

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