Who: First female Formula One driver Maria Teresa de Filippis
When: 8 January 2016
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.