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Rosemary Smith

Rally legend Rosemary Smith drives an F1 car at 79

As part of the 40th anniversary celebrations for Renault’s Formula One activity, they invited Irish rally legend, Rosemary Smith to Paul Ricard to become, at 79, the oldest person to drive a modern F1 car. Rosemary initially trained as a seamstress and opened her own dress shop, which unexpectedly became her route into the world of motorsport when one of her clients invited her to navigate in a rally. Rosemary has competed in some of the most iconic rallies around the world, taking home many trophies. A particularly poignant victory was the famous Tulip Rally, which she won in 1965, an achievement which made not only the motorsport world take notice but also Hollywood, with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton sending her a huge bouquet and congratulatory letter. Despite these achievements, Rosemary never got the chance to partake in arguably the greatest motorsport experience – driving a Formula One car – until now. With encouragement from long-term friend and navigator, …

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Williams and ex-Ferrari Formula One driver, Felipe Massa, at Shannon this week. Photo John Galvin.

Felipe Massa’s pit stop at Genworth

WILLIAMS RACING Formula One driver, Felipe Massa took a pit stop on his pre-season schedule to visit Genworth’s International Business Centre in Shannon on Thursday afternoon. Following a tour of the new state-of-the-art workplace located in Westpark Business Campus, Genworth staff based in Shannon and those travelling over from Europe, Latin America and China had the opportunity to attend a question and answer session with Felipe Massa before the driver showed off his skills on a Formula One simulator. “Felipe Massa’s visit has been a resounding success thanks to his passion, and the enthusiasm of Genworth’s staff. Felipe is a proven race winner, with 11 wins and 36 podiums to his name, and for a driver as passionate about his work as Felipe, team spirit, excellence and integrity are as much a part of his professional ethos as they are for Genworth,” said Bob Brannock, president, international protection, Genworth. “Our new Shannon-based International Business Centre supports the needs of over …

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