What the current F1 drivers would look like as women…

Alex Gassman

by Alex Gassman

F1 drivers as women

Ever wondered what the current crop of Formula 1 drivers might look like as women? No, me neither.

But with FaceApp, AI and Photoshop at my disposal I thought I may as well and find out. Some of the results are… suprising!

Female drivers in Formula 1

There have only ever been 5 women to enter a Formula 1 Grand Prix:

  • Maria Teresa de Filippis (1958 – 1959)
  • Lella Lombardi (1974 – 1976)
  • Divina Galica (1976, 1978)
  • Desire Wilson (1980)
  • Giovanna Amati (1992)

Of those five drivers, only the first two ever qualified and started a Grand Prix. Maria Teresa de Filippis started 3 races and Lella Lomardi started 12, becoming the only woman to ever score F1 points in the process.

Lella Lombardi

Lella Lombardi Monza is licensed under CC BY 2.0

In the late ’70s there was also a series called the British Formula One Championship. This was an off-shoot of the official championship and usually featured second hand F1 cars that the leading teams no longer used.

In 1980, Desire Wilson became the only woman ever to win a Formula 1 race, taking victory at Brands Hatch in the British F1 championship.

F1 Academy

The F1 Academy is a support series to the Formula 1 World Championship. It’s exclusively for women and the grid of incredibly talented young drivers are all battling to break through to the top levels of the sport.

The series, managed by ex-Formula 1 test driver Susie Wolff, champions the next generation of female racing talent. It supports the F1 championship at various rounds including Saudi Arabia, Miami, Barcelona, Singapore and Zandvoort.

Jamie Chadwick W Series Brand Hatch

Jamie Chadwick is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

The series has taken over from the old W-Series which featured a similar set up. 3-time W-Series champion Jamie Chadwick has moved over to the USA to compete in the IndyNXT championship, a feeder to IndyCar. She’s shown incredible promise by becoming the first female driver in over a decade to score a podium finish in the American series. Who knows what’s next for her.

F1 drivers... as women

So we don’t currently have any female racing drivers competing in Formula 1, but I’m sure that will change in the future.

Until it does I thought why not unleash FaceApp and some AI to give us a look at an alternative universe. One which features the current crop of 20 F1 drivers, but as women.

Hold on to your hats…

Maxine Verstappen

Max Verstappen female

Selena 'Chelo' Perez

Sergio Perez Female

Carla Sainz

Carlos Sainz female

Charlotte Leclerc

Charlotte Leclerc female

Louise Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton female

Georgina Russell

George Russell female

Fernanda Alonso

Fernando ALonso female

Lauren Stroll

Lance Stroll female

Lana Norris

Lando Norris female

Scarlett Piastri

Oscar Piastri female

Danielle Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo female

Yuki Tsunoda

Yuki Tsunoda

Kerry Magnussen

Kevin Magnussen female

Nicola Hulkenberg

Nico Hulkenberg female

Alexandra Albon

Alex Albon female

Lola Sargeant

Logan Sargeant female

Perrine Gasly

Pierre Gasly female

Estella Ocon

Esteban Ocon female

Valentina 'Karen' Bottas

Valtteri Bottas female

Zheng Guanyu

Zhou Guanyu female

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Alex Gassman

I‘m Alex. I write F1 and motorsport guides based on my own experience as a racing driver and full-time motorsport nerd. I’ve traveled the world watching F1 and other racing series.

I started oversteer48 with the aim of helping other motorsport fans who want to learn more about racing.

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