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A history of women in Formula One

Published 1009 GMT (1809 HKT) August 21, 2018
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Since Formula One's inception, a small group of pioneering women have broken new ground. In 1958, Italian driver Maria Teresa de Filippis became the first women to compete in a Formula One race at the Belgian Grand Prix. She finished 10th and would go on to race in two more grands prix, in Italy and Portugal. Popperfoto/Getty Images
In 1975, Lella Lombardi became the first and only female driver to earn points in a grand prix. She finished sixth and scored a point at the Spanish Grand Prix, but the race was halted after 29 laps due to a major crash and drivers were awarded half points. Tony Duffy/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Susie Wolff joined Williams as a development driver in 2012 and two years later, at the British Grand Prix, became the first women since Giovanna Amati in 1992 to be involved in a Formula One race weekend. Clive Mason/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Monisha Kaltenborn was Formula One's first ever female team boss, holding the position of Team Principal at Sauber between 2012 and 2017. Kaltenborn had been with the team in various roles since 1999 and was a stakeholder until it was taken over by Longbow Finance in 2016. Mark Thompson/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Since 2013, Claire Williams, daughter of Williams Formula One founder Frank, has been in the role of deputy team principal. Due to her father's health complications, Williams has assumed the responsibilities of team principal since October 2017. Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images
Michele Mouton made her name as a rally car driver in the 70s and 80s, winning three races, earning nine podiums and finished as runner up in the 1982 World Championship. Since 2009, she has held the position of President of the FiA Women in Motorsport Commission. MARCO LONGARI/AFP/AFP/Getty Images