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Renault to Hire F1’s First Female Driver in 20 Years, As Says

Nov. 30 (Bloomberg) -- The Lotus Renault Formula One team agreed to hire Maria de Villota as a reserve driver for next year’s championship, As newspaper reported, citing an interview with the 31-year-old Spaniard.

De Villota said “it’s just a question of signing the contract,” according to the newspaper. The last woman to drive at a Grand Prix weekend was Italy’s Giovanna Amati, who failed to qualify for three races for the Brabham team in 1992.

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