Lella Lombardi

Wednesday 26th March 1941

Born on this day, Lella Lombardi, the only woman to score points in F1, well half a point by finishing sixth in the 1975 Spanish Grand Prix, was born in Frugarolo Italy. Only half points were awarded after a serious accident, which killed four people, stopped the race at half distance. Earlier that year, in a March, she became the first woman to qualify for a grand prix when she made the grid in South Africa. This gained her sponsorship, and the headlines followed with her half point in Spain. It was no one-off as later in the season she took a seventh at the German Grand Prix. She died, at the age of 50, in Milan in 1992.

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