First woman F1 driver De Filippis dies at 89


PARIS: Italy’s Maria Teresa de Filippis, the first woman to compete in Formula 1, has died at the age of 89, the Grand Prix Drivers Club announced on Sunday. The Italian trailblazer competed in three grand prix behind the wheel of a privately-entered Maserati. She finished 10th on her debut at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium in 1958 aged 32, crossing the line two laps behind the winner, Briton Tony Brooks in a Vanwall. She then failed to finish races in Portugal and Italy. 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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