If you ponder for a minute, you’ll notice that there are very few professional female racers out there. Did you know that in the entire history of Formula 1, only five women participated in the race? In the end, it doesn’t matter how many women dedicated their lives to the fast, adrenaline-filled racing, as all of them had amazing skills, which they then put to good use to become the best of the best.
Here are the top 10 most famous female racers.
1. Maria Teresa de Filippis
The very first girl in the history of Formula 1 appeared eight years after the race was established. She participated in five Grand Prix, and in one of them managed to reach the finish line in 10th place driving under Maserati.
2. Susie Wolff
Driving under Williams F1, Susie Wolff is the most recent female in Formula 1 at the moment. It happened in 2014 at the British Grand Prix.
3. Simona de Silvestro
Anyone can tell you that the success of the racers largely depends on which team they are playing for. Promising stars get great offers, but women are usually not accepted into the big-league teams. For example, after joining a strong team, Simona started finishing in the top three! Too bad she didn’t do well in Formula 1.
4. Giovanna Amati
Since childhood, Giovanna has been attracted to danger. Despite being born in a wealthy family, she was fond of motorcycle racing, and when she was 15, she bought her first motorcycle. A few years later Amati graduated from a racing school. She took part in Formula 1, Formula 3000, Formula Abarth many times, but with consistently average results.
5. Maria de Villota
Maria de Villota, racer of the Marussia F1 Team, was perhaps the least fortunate of all the female Formula 1 drivers. In one of the test races she had an accident and was not able to recover from, having died sometime later.
6. Carmen Chord
Thanks to Carmen Horda, they first started talking about the “female” Formula 1. But to this day it’s all talk no substance. Even though Carmen formally entered the Lotus F1 pilots, she never left the track.
7. Lella Lombardi
The only female pilot to earn points in Formula 1. Moreover, she received points not only thanks to her skills but also her immense luck. The F1 race she was in, was interrupted right when Lella was in the 6th place. Naturally, she got half the points for that.
8. Michele Mouton
Michele Mouton was a very successful racer, but her career kicked off only when she became a member of the FIA Women in Motorsport committee. That’s where she was able to make the difference!
9. Jutta Kleinschmidt
Jutta Kleinschmidt is a German racer who participated in the Paris-Dakar Rally, a race that is known for its dangerous track. The best part is, in 2001, she actually came first!
10. Danica Patrick
Danica has long been trying to conquer a variety of races like IndyCar and NASCAR, stock car races, and even tried to break into Formula 1. Eventually, Danica has won many prizes over the years.