The Italian Maria Teresa de Filippis was the first woman to run in a Formula 1 Grand Prix. His story, without a doubt, is based on his passion and audacity. "She was too brave, or reckless, or reckless. Call it what you want, I just liked going full speed "This pilot from Naples once said.
María Teresa decided to enter the world of competition as a challenge. In 1498 he participated in his first royal race: with only 22 years. reached the highest place on the podium in the 10 kilometers of Salerno-Cava de 'Tirreni, in the 500 cc class of the touring car category in which he beat his male rivals. This first victory ignited his passion for racing and during the following years he triumphed in numerous competitions in the 750cc category.
From 1953 to 1954 he drove a Osca 1100 cc With which he conquered the 12 Hours of Pescara, the Trullo d'Oro, Catania-Etna, and the circuits of Caserta and Siracusa.
In 1955 he went on to pilot the Maserati 2000 A6GCS. In an article he wrote about his racing years, he explained: "... a powerful car, with which I felt capable of doing anything ... and I did", adding, "Poor car! So many spectacular accidents, but also how many victories! " Especially one: that of Catania-Etna where he set a time record that remained unbeaten for three years. At the end of the 1955 championship, she was second in the 2.000 cc category.
In 1958, at the wheel of a Maserati 250F privately, he made his debut at the Syracuse GP and then competed in his first Formula 1 World Championship Grand Prix, in Belgium.
At that premiere at Spa-Francorchamps he started 19th and finished tenth. Then I participate in the Portuguese GP's e Italy of that same year, although in neither of them he was able to cross the finish line.
Able to break into an environment that until then had been considered exclusively for men, María Teresa earned the respect and esteem of her rivals.
Since then a good number of women have competed in motorsport, but only she has the only record that can never be beaten or equaled: being the first woman to compete in Formula 1.