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F1: 5 Women Drivers in Formula One

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#1 Giovanna Amati

Giovanna Amati
In 1992 Brabham signed Amati to partner Eric Van De Poele

Giovanna Amati is the latest women driver in Formula One World Championship, who made an entry in 1992 season. The Italian star was born with a silver spoon indeed, to actress Anna Maria Pancani and industrialist film owner Giovanni Amati.

Before her entry into Formula One, she made news for a wrong reason, she was kidnapped by three gangsters and was returned after 75 days of captivity for a $933000 ransom back in 1978 when she was around 20 years old.

In 1992 Brabham signed Amati to partner Eric van De Poele after they couldn’t rope in the F3000 driver Nakaya as he wasn’t granted with a super license by FIA (International Automobile Federation).

At South African track Amati suffered to qualify to set a time nine times slower than the pole sitter. Then at Mexico, she failed to qualify for the second consecutive time. Again in Brazil Amati who couldn’t qualify was sacked by the team. She was replaced by Damon Hill.



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