Friday, 26 August 2011

5 Women vs Hundreds of men

Maria Teresa de Filippis (born 11 November 1926 in Naples, Italy) was the first of five female Formula One racing drivers in the sport's history. She participated in five World Championship Grands Prix, debuting on 18 May 1958. (0 points scored due his career)

Maria Grazia "Lella" Lombardi (March 26, 1941 - March 3, 1992) was a racing driver from Italy. Born in Frugarolo, she participated in 17 Formula One World Championship Grands Prix, debuting on July 20, 1974. After performing well in Formula 3 and Formula 5000 in the early 1970s, Lombardi entered Formula One in 1974 with an old privately-entered Brabham, but it was with March that she raced a full season in 1975. She then had a one-off drive for Williams before a short-lived and unsuccessful partnership with RAM Racing, driving another Brabham. Lella Lombardi had also started in NASCAR driving in the Firecracker 400 NASCAR race at the Daytona International Speedway in 1977. Lombardi later raced in sports cars with some success. (0,5 points scored due his career - Half points were awarded for this race due to a shortened race distance, hence Lombardi received half a point instead of the usual one point)

Divina Mary Galica (born 13 August 1944, in Bushey Heath, near Watford, Hertfordshire) is an English member of the Order of the British Empire, best known for her Olympics career and her motorsport racing career. By age 20, she participated in her first Olympic games at Innsbruck in 1964, competing in downhill skiing and the slalom. She also participated in the next two winter Olympics, at Grenoble in 1968 and Sapporo in 1972. Aside from Olympic competition, Divina Galica achieved two World Cup podium finishes in the downhill event, taking third place at both the Badgastein and Chamonix rounds in 1968. Accepting an invitation to a celebrity auto race, Galica surprised everyone with her driving talent. She eventually took up motorsport as a second career, initially racing karts, moving into Formula Two and Formula One before finding success in sports cars and trucks. Her racing career has included stints in Formula Renault and Formula Vauxhall Lotus. Galica was taken under the wings of John Webb and Nick Whiting, who entered her in the British Shellsport International Group 8 series in 1976, driving a Surtees TS16 Formula One car. After F1 career Galica became a racing instructor with Skip Barber Racing Schools, rising to become senior vice president of Skip Barber Racing, managing both its driving school and racing series. In 2005, at the Mont-Tremblant weekend of the Skip Barber Race Series, Galica announced she was leaving Skip Barber to work for iRacing as a director in the company. (0 points scored due his career)

Desiré Randall Wilson (born 26 November 1953 in Brakpan) is a former racing driver from South Africa. She entered one Formula One World Championship Grand Prix in 1980 with a non-works Williams FW07 prepared by Brands Hatch Racing, but failed to qualify. She also raced in the 1981 non-championship South African Grand Prix, spinning off after 52 laps. She became the only woman to win an F1 race of any kind when she won at Brands Hatch in the short-lived British Aurora F1 series in 1980. Following her attempts in Formula One, Wilson participated in other disciplines including CART and sports car racing. In 1982, Wilson entered the Indianapolis 500, but failed to qualify (0 points scored due his career)

Giovanna Amati (born July 20, 1962 in Rome) is a former professional race car driver from Italy. She is best known as the last female driver to have entered the Formula One World Championship. She began racing professionally in 1981, winning several times over the next four years in Formula Abarth before moving up to Italian Formula Three in 1985-86 and by 1987 she had moved up to Formula 3000, but by 1992 had recorded a best result of only 7th place in six seasons in both Europe and Japan. Amati landed the second seat at the dying Brabham Formula One team for the 1992 Grand Prix season. Although she was an aggressive racer, with her previously mediocre results in a 1991 in which she posted 7 starts with 3 DNQs. Following the Brazilian Grand Prix, she was dropped in favour of Damon Hill as her financial backing had not materialised. Since then, Amati went on to carve out a respectable career in sportscars, placing 3rd overall in the SportsRacing World Cup SR2 class championship in 1999. She has also moved into media, writing columns in Italy for motorsport publications and providing television commentary. (0 points scored due his career)

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