Who was the first female driver to score points in a Formula One World Championship Grands Prix?
Maria Grazia "Lella" Lombardi (26 March 1941 – 3 March 1992) was a racing driver from Italy. She is the sole female driver to score points in Formula One (and the only driver with a career total of half a point).
Born in Frugarolo, Piedmont, she participated in 17 Formula One World Championship Grands Prix, debuting on 20 July 1974 and finishing her career with half a point. She is the only female Formula One driver in history to have a top six finish in a World Championship race, which she did at the 1975 Spanish Grand Prix (Half points were awarded for this race due to a shortened race distance, hence Lombardi received half a point instead of the usual one point).
Lombardi debuted in Formula One in 1974 with a privately entered Brabham supported by the Italian Automobile Club but failed to qualify. In 1975 she was invited to join Vittorio Brambilla and Hans-Joachim Stuck at March and raced the full season. In the opening race of the campaign in South Africa, she lasted 23 laps until she was forced to retire with a fuel system problem.