In 1980 the South African Grand Prix was scheduled as the first round of the World Drivers’ Championship, but due to the war between FIA and FOCA the race was downgraded as non-championship event. Only Formula One Constructors Association (FOCA) aligned teams took part in the race, while FIA supporting Ferrari, Ligier, Osella, Renault, and Alfa Romeo, have ignored the event. Ken Tyrrell’s team was represented by the regular team’s driver Eddie Cheever and by Desire Wilson, who was invited by Tyrrell for her home Grand Prix. Desire, one of a few lady drivers in F1, was a regular participant in the British Aurora F1 Championship when she even has scored a win in the 1980 Brands Hatch round. In Kyalami Wilson managed to qualify 16th out of 19 cars, but retired due to accident. Her Tyrrell 010 in that race was painted blue with the Deutz sponsorship. The German manufacturer advertised its DX4 tractor playing with the model number and the racing number of Wilson’s car.
|1981||F1||South African GP|
|Desire Wilson||4||Tyrrell Racing Team|