Maria Teresa de Filippis, Formula One's first-ever female driver, has died at the age of 89.
Born in Naples on November 11, 1926, she entered her first grand prix in Monaco in 1958, driving a privately entered Maserati.
She failed to qualify – along with a certain Bernie Ecclestone - but succeeded at her second attempt in Belgium, finishing tenth overall. She also qualified in Portugal and Italy that same year, but did not finish, before attempting to qualify in Monaco again in 1959, this time at the wheel of a Behra-Porsche, but again failed to make the cut.
She quit motor racing later that year, when team leader Jean Behra was killed in a support race for the German Grand Prix at AVUS, marrying in 1960 and then starting a family.
She remained the only woman to have competed in F1 until compatriot Lella Lombardi did the South African Grand Prix in 1975.
She returned to motorsport in 1979, when she joined the Club Internationale des Anciens Pilotes de Grand Prix F1 for retired drivers, becoming vice-president in 1997 and later honorary president.
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Below is a short promotional video done by her for Maserati last year.