Born on this day, Maria-Teresa de Filippis, Italian racing driver


Thursday 11th November 1926

Born on this day, Maria-Teresa de Filippis, Italian racing driver. She caused quite a stir as the first woman to compete in a Formula 1 World Championship race, when she finished tenth in the 1958 Belgian Grand Prix driving a works Maserati 250F. All in all she entered seven Grands Prix, qualifying for three of the five of those that counted towards the title. She quit the sport in 1959 to start a family. In 1979, she joined the International Club of Former F1 Grand Prix Drivers. She has been the clubís vice-president since 1997 and is president of the Maserati Club. Today she has two grandchildren, lives near Milan and still attends classic motor racing events.


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