Desire Wilson

Today we wish Desiré Wilson – one of just five women to have competed in Formula 1 – a very happy 58th birthday!

Born in the South African town of Brakpan, Wilson’s sole World Championship appearance came at the 1980 British Grand Prix in a non-works Williams FW07 prepared by Brands Hatch Racing, but she failed to make the qualifying cut.

She is best known for her exploits in the short-lived Aurora F1 series, and became the only woman to win a race in Formula 1 machinery when she won at Brands Hatch in 1980. Her feat saw a grandstand at the circuit named after her.

[Image via F1-Facts]

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.