Modern F1 cars are so difficult and physically grueling to handle, they say, that ...
Modern F1 cars are so difficult and physically grueling to handle, they say, that you need to be in the peak physical condition to actually drive one. So could the 79-year-old lady manage the task?
As it turns out, yes. And not just any old lady. As part of its 40th-anniversary celebrations, Renault Sports team invited the veteran rally driver Rosemary Smith to climb behind a cockpit of one of its F1 cars, she seems to have risen to the task with grace and poise.
The Irishwoman trained as the seamstress and opened her own dress shop in the Dublin decades ago, and got her first taste of motorsport when the client asked her to navigate in the rally.
She evidently found her calling, switched to driving, started competing regularly, winning events like 1965 Tulip Rally in the Netherlands.
These days Rosemary runs the driving school – using Renault Clios – campaigns for young driver education in her home country.
And with the little help from the Renault racing driver Joylon Palmer, and she climbed into what appears to be the 2013 Lotus-Renault E21 (repainted in the team’s current livery) deployed its 800 hp around the Circuit Paul Ricard in the South of France, a where Robert Kubica is getting back up to speed as well.
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