Maria Teresa de Filippis

Maserati’s endless list of impressive records includes that of being absolutely the first constructor to enable a woman to compete in Formula 1 races.
It was at the 1958 Belgian Grand Prix that Maria Teresa de Filippis, at 31 years of age, took part in her first Grand Prix at the highest level and went down in history as the first woman to drive a Formula 1 car.
Nicknamed “Pilotino” or “Little Driver”, de Filippis competed in the Belgian stage of the Formula 1 World Championship on board a Maserati 250F, the model which had won the World Driver’s Championship the previous year, when Juan Manuel Fangio became Formula 1 World Champion for the fifth time.

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