F1’s first female driver dies, 89

Maria Teresa De Filippis, the first woman to race in the F1 Championship, has denied at age 89.

The Italian started three grands prix for Maserati in 1958 and achieved a best finish of P10 at the Belgian Grand Prix.

She attempted to qualify for two others events but was unable to before walking away from motor racing in 1959 following the death of her team owner Jean Behra.

F1 has paid tribute to her with the official site saying she was an "incredible women."

"Very sad to hear Maria Teresa De Filippis has passed away. The first Lady Grand Prix racer and driving force of The Grand Prix Drivers' Club," tweeted former driver Martin Brundle.

Alex Wurz added his condolances, "We lost another pioneering member of the Motorsport world today, Maria Teresa de Filippis, the first woman to race in F1. RIP."

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