What a way to celebrate the one day that women are especially credited and acknowledged for their contribution to business, to entertainment, to technology and to life. Why should sports be left behind! Maria de Villota has become the first women to join the ever-so popular F1 team in 20 years!
Giovanni Amati of Italy was in the sport in the year 1992 and also was part of three Grand Prix in Brabham. Now Maria is another women to make a mark after such a huge gap, the 6th one. The first one was Maria Teresa de Filippis of Italy who also was part of three Grand Prix back in the year 1958.
Maria is the daughter of Emilio de Villota, who was Spain’s former F1 driver. The 32 year old said that she was very happy to be working with the Marussia test driver program.
“This is a fantastic opportunity to work closely with a Formula One team and gain important experience to help me progress my career, including the chance to drive the new car later in the year at the Abu Dhabi test”.
She also added that this experience will greatly benefit her in the future of F1 and she will have a lot to learn. Her first race comes up this weekend and she is very excited, not only for this race, but also because she will be driving the new car later this year.
The team as well as the principal is very happy to incorporate Maria into their group. She will be provided with all the learning equipment and guidance step by step.
“We are indeed very pleased to welcome Maria and have her join our test driver program, which will enable her to be integrated into a Formula One team environment and gain a huge amount of experience that will be useful throughout her career progression,” the principal said.
Along with the training that she will receive on location, she will also need to work hard individually. Regular fitness exercising as well as gym training are a must in the sport. It’s more than just about driving fast, Maria will need to have an endurance that will help her survive the races along with skill and tactics.
The practice comes obvious to Maria, but she sure has taken the boundaries defined for women to another level.