Women in Formula 1 – The Legacy of Lella Lombardi. IMAGO archive.

Women in Formula 1 – The Legacy of Lella Lombardi. IMAGO archive.

The only woman in history to score in a Formula 1 Grand Prix – Lella Lombardi defied the odds. Raised by a butcher in rural Italy and racing boys on motorbikes, she became a beacon for women in motorsport. Today, 1.5 percent of all licensed motorsport drivers worldwide are female but change is on the horizon.

Women in Formula 1 – The Legacy of Lella Lombardi. IMAGO archive.
Women in Formula 1 – The Legacy of Lella Lombardi. IMAGO archive.
Women in Formula 1 – The Legacy of Lella Lombardi. IMAGO archive.
Women in Formula 1 – The Legacy of Lella Lombardi. IMAGO archive.
Women in Formula 1 – The Legacy of Lella Lombardi. IMAGO archive.
Women in Formula 1 – The Legacy of Lella Lombardi. IMAGO archive.
Women in Formula 1 – The Legacy of Lella Lombardi. IMAGO archive.
Women in Formula 1 – The Legacy of Lella Lombardi. IMAGO archive.
Women in Formula 1 – The Legacy of Lella Lombardi. IMAGO archive.
Written by columnist and IMAGO Picture Editor Sofia Bergmann, as part of our Formula 1 Series. Find more exclusive articles and archive photography in our Formula 1 Zine.