Maria Teresa de Filippis

Italian racing driver (1926–2016)

Maria Teresa de Filippis (11 November 1926 – 9 January 2016) was an Italian racing driver. She was known as being the first woman to race in Formula One. She was born in Naples. She participated in five World Championship Grands Prix, debuting on 18 May 1958, but scored no championship points.

Though largely unsuccessful in her Formula One racing career, she won races in other series and is remembered as a pioneer in the sport.

De Filippis died in Scanzorosciate, Lombardy, in January 2016 at the age of 89.[1]


  1. "F1's first-ever female driver passes away aged 89". Archived from the original on 26 January 2016. Retrieved 9 January 2016.