• First female Formula 1 driver Teresa de Filippis dies

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    Maria Teresa de Filippis, the first ever female Formula One driver, has died at the age of 89 on January 8, 2016.

    The Italian driving ace competed in three grands prix driving a Maserati 250F as a privateer.

    Entering the premiere race at the age of 32, de Filippis finished in 10th place at the Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium in 1958. She finished two laps down from race winner Tony Brooks.

    During the same year, de Filippis also raced in the Portugal and Italian Grands Prix but failed to finish.

    Born on November 11, 1926, de Filippis tried but failed to qualify for the Monaco Grand Prix in 1958 and 1959.

    She retired at the end of that season after the death of her team owner Jean Behra.

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