Obituary: Maria Teresa di Filippis


 

 

The first woman, who competed in the premier class of formula 1, Maria Teresa de Filippis, died recently at the age of 89. In 1958, she raced at the Belgium Grand Prix on the circuit of Spa Francorchamps in the Ardennes. She was ranked tenth and thus last with a Maserati. Nevertheless: the place in the history of motor sport remains safe for her. In the same year, she dropped out early in the race in Portugal and Italy and ended her career in the following year. Only in the 1970s, the next woman drove in formula 1: Lelle Lombardi. Maria Teresa de filippis is quoted: „women can do anything men can.“