Raced Formula One : Maserati, & Behra-Porsche 1958-59
Maria was the first lady driver in Formula One - she only raced in 5 Championship races but scored no points. Her first race was Monaco as was her last.
In 1979, she joined the International Club of Former F1 Grand Prix Drivers. She has been the club's vice-president since 1997 and is president of the Maserati Club. She has two grandchildren and lives near Milan.