26 March 1941|
Frugarolo, Piedmont, Italy
|Died||3 March 1992
|Formula One World Championship career|
|Teams||March, RAM, Williams|
|Races||17 (12 starts)|
|First race||1974 British Grand Prix|
|Last race||1976 Austrian Grand Prix|
Born in Frugarolo, Piedmont, she participated in 17 Formula One World Championship Grands Prix, debuting on 20 July 1974. She is the only female Formula One driver in history to have a top six finish in a World Championship race, at the 1975 Spanish Grand Prix. Half points were awarded for this race due to a shortened race distance, hence Lombardi received half a point instead of the usual one point. As well as being the sole female driver to score points in Formula One, she is one of the two who managed to qualify at least for a Formula One race (the other being compatriot Maria Teresa de Filippis) and the only driver with that career total.
After performing well in Formula Three and Formula 5000 in the early 1970s, Lombardi entered Formula One in 1974 with an old privately entered Brabham. In 1975 she joined March and raced the full season. She then had a one-off drive for Williams before a short-lived and unsuccessful partnership with RAM Racing.
Lombardi had also started in NASCAR driving in the Firecracker 400 NASCAR race at the Daytona International Speedway in 1977. There were two other female drivers in the field: American Janet Guthrie and Belgian Christine Beckers.
Lombardi later raced in sports cars with some success. Her best season was in 1979 when she won the 6 hours of Pergusa and the 6 hours of Vallelunga. She competed four times at the 24 hours of Le Mans, her best result being in 1976 when she finished 9th in a Porsche Carrera. Lombardi retired from racing in 1988. She died of cancer in Milan in 1992, aged 50.
Complete Formula One World Championship results
|1974||Allied Polymer Group||Brabham BT42||Cosworth V8||ARG||BRA||RSA||ESP||BEL||MON||SWE||NED||FRA||GBR
|1975||March Engineering||March 741||Cosworth V8||ARG||BRA||RSA
|Lavazza March||March 751||ESP
|Frank Williams Racing Cars||Williams FW04||USA
|1976||Lavazza March||March 761||Cosworth V8||BRA
|RAM Racing with Lavazza||Brabham BT44B||GBR
Formula One non-championship results
(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)
|1974||Lella Lombardi||Lola T330||Ford V8||PRE||ROC
|1975||March||March 751||Ford V8||ROC||INT
(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)
Winston Cup Series
|NASCAR Winston Cup Series results|
- Mariantoni, Luca. "Accadde oggi – 27 Aprile 1975". La Gazzetta dello Sport. RCS. Retrieved 27 April 2011.
- Haymarker, forix. "Reference". W8 - Who?. Geza Sury. http://www.forix.com/8w/lombardi.html
- NASCAR Winston Cup Profile. http://www.nascar.com/drivers/dps/llombard00/cup/index.html
- Lella Lombardi driver statistics at Racing-Reference