List of female Formula One drivers

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This is a list of female motor racing drivers who have taken part in the Formula One World Championship since the inception of the World Championship for Drivers in 1950.

Five women racing drivers have entered at least one Grand Prix, although only two of them ever qualified and started a race. The woman who competed in the most Grands Prix is Lella Lombardi, with 17 entries and 12 starts.

Desiré Wilson became the only woman to win a Formula One race of any kind when she won at Brands Hatch in the British Aurora F1 series on 7 April 1980. As a result of this achievement, she has a grandstand at Brands Hatch named after her.[1]

Drivers[edit]

Drivers listed in this table are those who have participated in Grands Prix or official Grands Prix practice sessions.

Name Seasons Teams Entries
(starts)
Points
FilippisItaly Maria Teresa de Filippis 19581959 Maserati, Behra-Porsche 05 (3) 40
LombardiItaly Lella Lombardi 19741976 March, RAM, Williams 17 (12) 50.5
GalicaUnited Kingdom Divina Galica 1976, 1978 Surtees, Hesketh 03 (0) 2
WilsonSouth Africa Desiré Wilson 1980 Williams 01 (0) 3
AmatiItaly Giovanna Amati 1992 Brabham 03 (0) 1
WolffUnited Kingdom Susie Wolff 2014 Williams 00* (0) 1

* Driver has only competed in free practice sessions.

Test drivers[edit]

Some female drivers have participated in non-competition testing and evaluation sessions with Formula One teams. Indycar driver Sarah Fisher performed a demonstration run with McLaren after first practice for the 2002 United States Grand Prix.[2] Katherine Legge tested with Minardi at the Vallelunga Circuit in 2005.[3]

Other female drivers have been contracted to Formula One teams in testing and development capacities. In 2012, Williams signed Susie Wolff as a development and test driver,[4][5] and María de Villota was a test driver for Marussia[6] until her crash in 2012 and subsequent death the following year.[7] In 2014, Sauber signed IndyCar Series driver Simona de Silvestro as an "affiliated driver", with the goal of having her compete in 2015.[8]

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