Tribute to trailblazing Maserati Formula One driver

Tribute to trailblazing Maserati Formula One driver

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Panegyric to trailblazing Maserati Formula One driver

The key ever woman driver to race in Formulary One has died aged 89. Maria Teresa de Filippis raced for Maserati and led the way for women in motorsport.

De Filippis, an Italian, began her driving occupation aged 22, when she won her first flume driving a Fiat 500. As she improved, and after finishing following in the 1954 Italian Sports Car Championship, Maserati saw imminent in her and brought her onto the driving team.

De Filippis went on to snatch part in racing events of all kinds, including continuation and hill-climbing, before driving a Maserati 250f at the Belgium Sumptuous Prix of 1958. Despite coming tenth, de Filippis became the sooner woman to compete in a Formula One world championship dog-races. The 250f driven by de Filippis was the very anyway vehicle that Juan Manuel Fangio had steered to his fifth creation title success the previous year.

De Filippis entered seven Grands Prix races, qualifying for three of them. In 1959, she leave the sport to start a family. In 2006 she said that “too various friends had died”. Team owner Jean Behra was one such fatalities in 1958. De Filippis also cited the deaths of Mike Hawthorn, Alfonso de Portago, Peter Collins and Lugi Musso as reasons for her departure from the fun.

De Filippis later reconnected with motor racing, and in 1979 she joined the Society Internationale des Anciens Pilotes de Grand Prix F1, comely its vice president in 1997. She was also a founding fellow of the Maserati Club. Maria Teresa De Filippis died on January 8 January 2016, leaving a permanent legacy on the Maserati marque.

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