On the same day women are celebrating being allowed to drive on the roads of Saudi Arabia, Aseel Al-Hamad, the first female member of the national motor sport federation, took the wheel of the same auto in which Kimi Raikkonen won the 2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
The move places Saudi women at the heart of a major transformation being spearheaded by the country's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
As for male drivers on the road, "they were really supportive and cheering and smiling", she said.
A row over broadcasting of the World Cup in Saudi Arabia has escalated, with Riyadh denying an allegation by European soccer's governing body that a television channel it says is illegally showing matches is based in the kingdom.
Saudi Arabia eased into its first commuter day with women on the roads without a hitch on Sunday.
Since May, the Saudi government has detained about 12 activists who fought for a long list of reforms and civil rights.
Not all women are driving at once, though.
This includes lowering the kingdom's unemployment rate from 11.6% to 7% and increase women's participation in the workforce from 22% to 30%. Many women drivers also revealed they are cautiously bracing for a backlash from arch-conservatives who spent decades preaching that allowing female motorists would promote promiscuity and sin.
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In keeping with his relaxed persona, Southgate went on to emphasize that the incident was "no drama". The squad and journalists have been competing at pub sports in Russian Federation .
The arrest of the women's rights activists just before women are allowed to drive sends a message that "you are subjects and not citizens" and that the Saudi leadership alone controls when and how change takes shape, said Kristin Diwan, a senior resident scholar at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington.
However, the move comes amid an intensified crackdown on activists who campaigned for the right to drive.
Some women didn't wait until the morning to drive, jumping in their cars at the stroke of midnight and steering their way through the capital's still busy streets.
Saudi activist and author Manal al-Sharif, who was jailed in Saudi Arabia 2011 after posting a video on YouTube of herself driving a vehicle, had planned to visit the country from Australia, where she now lives. Ahead of allowing women to drive, the kingdom passed a law against sexual harassment with up to five years prison for the most severe cases. The government has accused them of national security crimes, including working with "foreign entities" to harm the interests of the kingdom. One cleric even insisted that driving harmed women's ovaries. "I feel free like a bird".
"They're very supportive. You can see from the streets everyone is so happy". Others are comfortable being driven by chauffeurs or their husbands and see no need to drive themselves.
While there has been some loosening of restrictions in recent months, rights groups say much more remains to be done.
The Interior Ministry plans to hire women traffic police for the first time, but it is unclear when they will be deployed.