Red Bull put a woman on the podium in F1 first

MANAMA Sun Apr 21, 2013 4:48pm EDT

First placed Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany (2nd R), second placed Lotus Formula One driver Kimi Raikkonen of Finland (L) and third placed Lotus Formula One driver Romain Grosjean of France (R) celebrate with Red Bull Formula One's Head of Trackside Electronics Gill Jones during the victory ceremony of the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix at the Sakhir circuit, south of Manama April 21, 2013. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

First placed Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany (2nd R), second placed Lotus Formula One driver Kimi Raikkonen of Finland (L) and third placed Lotus Formula One driver Romain Grosjean of France (R) celebrate with Red Bull Formula One's Head of Trackside Electronics Gill Jones during the victory ceremony of the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix at the Sakhir circuit, south of Manama April 21, 2013.

Credit: Reuters/Ahmed Jadallah

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MANAMA (Reuters) - Champions Red Bull claimed a Formula One first on Sunday by sending a female team member up to the podium to collect their constructors' trophy after Sebastian Vettel won the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Gill Jones, the team's head of trackside electronics with responsibility for all the electronics in the racing cars and garage, joined world champion Vettel for the ceremony at the Sakhir circuit.

"It was great to send an important member of our team up today, Gill Jones, who has done an awful lot," team principal Christian Horner told reporters.

"I think she's probably the first woman to go and collect a constructors' trophy. It was great to see her up there representing the team as well today."

Formula One has no female drivers and the only women on the podium usually are the grid girls and hostesses standing by as the drivers celebrate.

Sauber have a female team principal in Monisha Kaltenborn, but the Swiss team have not won a race in her time in charge. Williams have Claire Williams as deputy team boss to her father Frank.

(Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Ed Osmond)

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LuceWeiles wrote:
The first woman on an F1 podium is Desiré Randall Wilson, she has a grandstand at Brands Hatch named after her for WINNING an F1 race in 1980, she was the first on the podium and as a driver. On August 24, 1958 Maria Teresa de Filippis became the first woman ever to compete in Formula One racing, in the drivers seat, not support.

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