Ex-Marussia F1 test driver Maria de Villota found dead

    Former Marussia F1 test driver Maria de Villota has been found dead in her hotel room Sevilla.

    Published On Oct 11, 2013 06:30:00 PM


    Ex-Marussia F1 test driver Maria de Villota found dead

    Maria de Villota has been found dead in a hotel room in Sevilla.

    The Spaniard was 33.

    A statement on her Facebook page, signed by her family, read: "Dear friends: Maria has left us.

    "She had to go to heaven like all angels. We are thankful to God for the extra year and a half that he left her with us."

    De Villota suffered a life-threatening testing accident with the Marussia Formula 1 squad in July last year.

    She spent a month in hospital after crashing into an articulated trailer while carrying out a straightline test for Marussia at Duxford Aerodrome.

    Although she lost her right eye, she was able to make a full recovery from her other injuries, which included significant skull damage

    De Villota was a former World Touring Car Championship and Superleague Formula driver, and daughter of ex-F1 racer Emilio de Villota.

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