- Aseel Al-Hamad drove an F1 car at the French Grand Prix on Sunday
- It was on the day the ban on women driving cars in Saudi Arabia was lifted
- She hoped it would mark a new era for Saudi Arabian women, especially in motorsport
A Saudi Arabian woman made history by driving a Renault Formula One car at the French Grand Prix on Sunday.
The occasion was historic because it was the day the ban on Saudi Arabian women driving cars ended, Briefly.co.za learned.
Aseel Al-Hamad said she hoped this would mark the start of a new era for Saudi Arabian women, especially in motorsport.
Speaking to Reuters, Aseel said:
I believe today is not just celebrating the new era of women starting to drive, it’s also the birth of women in motorsport in Saudi Arabia.
She added that she looks forward to young girls in Saudi Arabia taking up car racing as a serious professional career choice.
In addition to her latest achievement, Aseel is the first woman member of the Saudi Arabian Motorsport Federation.
Women in Aseel's country can now get behind the wheel after the ban, which was widely criticised as repressive, ended on 24 June.
Twitter users around the world celebrated Aseel's symbolic drive. See some of their reactions below.
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