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List of female Formula One drivers

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

Name Seasons Teams Entries
Filippis23x15px Maria Teresa de Filippis 19581959 Maserati, Behra-Porsche 05 (3) 40
Lombardi23x15px Lella Lombardi 19741976 March, RAM, Williams 17 (12) 50.5
Galica23x15px Divina Galica 1976, 1978 Surtees, Hesketh 03 (0) 2
Wilson23x15px Desiré Wilson 1980 Williams 01 (0) 3
Amati23x15px Giovanna Amati 1992 Brabham 03 (0) 1
Wolff23x15px Susie Wolff 20142015 Williams 00* (0) 1

* Driver has only competed in free practice sessions.

Test drivers

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 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] In 2015 Lotus F1 signed Carmen Jordá to a deal including a run in a car.[9]


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