In 2015, Susie quit her role as a Williams test driver, with husband Toto Wolff declaring last week: "I’m sorry that she did not get the chance (to race in F1), as I am convinced that she is good enough for a good mid-table team."
1996 World Champion Hill, however, admitted at the weekend that, like Ecclestone, he also has his doubts.
"I’m absolutely assured by my wife and my two daughters there is no reason in the world why a woman couldn’t beat a man," he told ITV, "but I do have my doubts.
"Actually competing with and succeeding against the guys, I think is extremely unlikely. I think it’s very, very tough even for the guys to be competitive," Hill added.
"Would a female footballer do well in the premier league?"
Asked specifically about Ecclestone’s comments, and Powell’s retort that someone needs to "prove him wrong," the former Williams and Jordan driver answered: "Bernie likes to say something which is controversial and he’s challenging you.
"He likes to say something provocative and hopefully some people will say ‘OK, we’ll prove him wrong,’ " added Hill. "But it shouldn’t be done on the basis of that, it should be on the basis of ‘Is there someone out there — a girl — who absolutely above everything else wants to become a Formula One world champion? ‘"