Maria Teresa de Filippis, first female Formula One driver, died

Jan 11, 2016 09:01 IST

Maria Teresa de Filippis, the first woman to compete in a world championship Formula One grand prix, passed away on 8 January 2016 in Italy. She was 89.

De Filippis participated in five World Championship Grands Prix; however, she scored no championship points. Although she remained largely unsuccessful in her Formula One racing career, she is remembered as a pioneer in motor racing, a sport dominated by men.

About Maria Teresa de Filippis

Born on 11 November 1926 in Naples, Italy, de Filippis began her racing career at the age of 22.

She won her first race, driving a Fiat 500 on a 10 km drive between Salerno and Cava de' Tirreni.

She took part in various motor racing events, including hill climbing and endurance racing, before being given the chance to drive in Formula One.

She finished second in a sportscar race supporting the 1956 Naples Grand Prix, driving a Maserati 200S.

On 18 May 1958, she was given the opportunity to enter the Monaco Grand Prix, the second round of the 1958 Formula One season, in one of the 250Fs.

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