Today I got an email message from Alex Korovkine reminding me that today is International Womens Day. Alex sent me some background data on such women car racers such as:
- Dorothy Levitt
- Eliska Junkova
- Pat Moss
- Shirley Muldowney
- Lella Lombardi
- Michelle Mouton
- Jutta Kleinschmidt
- Ellen Lohr
- Sarah Fisher
- Danica Patrick
I also read today that the Marussia Formula 1 team (formerly Virgin) hired Maria de Villota as their test driver for the season.
Maria De Villota Signed With the Marussia Formula 1 Team
She is the 32-year-old daughter of former Spanish Formula 1 driver Emilio de Villota who drove during the 1980s. Previously she had tested with Renault and has single-seater experience in Spanish Formula 3. In addition, she has raced at the Daytona 24-Hours. She will likely get behind the wheel at a young drivers’ testing session in Abu Dhabi at the end of the season.
De Villota Has a Varied Racing Resume
The last woman to enter the Formula 1 championship was Italian driver Giovanna Amati, who failed to qualify for three races in 1992. Five women have entered Formula 1 races in the past, the most prolific being Italian Lella Lombardi, who started 12 Formula 1 races in the 1970s. With the great media interest in Danica Patrick, I think that more female drivers will likely rise to the top.