And those that came be­fore...

F1 Racing - - IN­SIDER -

Susie Wolff Wolff (née Stod­dart) has taken part into two Fri­day morn­ing prac­tice ses­sions for the Wil­liams F1 team this year as the team’s devel­op­ment driver. The Scot­tish-born driver had pre­vi­ously raced in the DTM for six sea­sons. In 2011 she mar­ried Toto Wolff, now boss of Mercedes. Maria de Vil­lota The daugh­ter of for­mer F1 driver Emilio de Vil­lota, Maria al­ways had a pas­sion for rac­ing. She switched from tin-tops to sin­gle-seaters via the Su­per­league For­mula se­ries, then af­ter test­ing for Lo­tus, joined Marus­sia as a test driver in 2012. In July that year she suf­fered a se­ri­ous head in­jury in a crash dur­ing a test, and lost an eye. Eigh­teen months on came a fa­tal car­diac ar­rest, be­lieved to have re­sulted from the in­juries she sus­tained in the test­ing ac­ci­dent. Kather­ine Legge In Novem­ber 2005, Bri­tish racer Legge got the op­por­tu­nity to drive a Mi­nardi in the team’s fi­nal out­ing be­fore it was bought by Red Bull and re­named Toro Rosso. Her first day at Val­lelunga was brought to an early end by a crash af­ter two laps, but she ran a full pro­gramme of 27 laps the fol­low­ing day. Sarah Fisher This US racer set a num­ber of records for a fe­male driver over the course of her lengthy ca­reer in Indy­Car and, sub­se­quently, NAS­CAR. Al­though she never set a timed lap dur­ing an F1 ses­sion, she drove a num­ber of demon­stra­tion laps be­tween ses­sions on the Fri­day of the 2002 United States GP. Gio­vanna Amati Ital­ian Amati was the last fe­male driver to of­fi­cially par­tic­i­pate in the For­mula 1 world cham­pi­onship. Hired by Brab­ham at very short no­tice just be­fore the start of the 1992 sea­son, she was hand­i­capped by a lack of For­mula 1 seat time, her only ex­pe­ri­ence at that stage hav­ing been a brief test for Benet­ton. She failed to qual­ify the out­dated BT60B on three at­tempts be­fore be­ing re­placed by Da­mon Hill. De­siré Wil­son A win­ner in sportscars, tak­ing hon­ours in the Monza 1,000km and Sil­ver­stone 6 Hours, South African Wil­son was also a podium fin­isher in the Bri­tish F1 Cham­pi­onship. But her at­tempt to race in the 1980 Bri­tish Grand Prix in a pri­vately en­tered Wil­liams came to naught; she was one of three of the 27 en­trants to miss the cut in qual­i­fy­ing. Div­ina Gal­ica A for­mer cap­tain of the Bri­tish Women’s Olympic ski team, Gal­ica tried to en­ter a Sur­tees bear­ing the num­ber 13 in the 1976 Bri­tish GP, but was un­lucky not to qual­ify. Two more at­tempts came in 1978 for Hes­keth, but again she didn’t make it through qual­i­fy­ing. She did, how­ever, win a race in the Bri­tish Aurora AFX F1 se­ries at Brands Hatch in 1980. Lella Lom­bardi Ital­ian Lom­bardi is the only fe­male driver so far to score in F1, with sixth place at the 1975 Span­ish GP. It would have been a point, but the race was cut short, so she re­ceived half a point. She started 12 F1 races, most of them for March. Maria Teresa de Filip­pis A works driver for Maserati in sportscars, de Filip­pis be­came the first fe­male F1 driver in 1958 at the age of 31. She en­tered a hand­ful of events in a Maserati 250F, fail­ing to qual­ify at Monaco but fin­ish­ing in tenth in Bel­gium, and fifth at the non­cham­pi­onship Syra­cuse Grand Prix.

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