F1’s first female driver, Maria Teresa de Filippis, dies at 89

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Maria Teresa de Filippis, who was Formula 1’s first female driver, has died at age 89.

De Filippis started three Grands Prix for Maserati in 1958 and recorded a best finish of 10th in the Belgian Grand Prix.

She was the first of several female drivers in F1, Lella Lombardi and Giovanna Amati among them to have participated in a Grand Prix weekend where they attempted to qualify.

In recent years, Maria de Villota and Susie Wolff made sporadic test appearances – Wolff even made a handful of free practice one outings – but neither was in a position to attempt to qualify.

De Villota died in 2013, slightly more than a year after her own testing accident where she sustained life-threatening head injuries.