Maria de Villota, Marussia, 2012

Drivers and teams pay tribute to Maria de Villota

2013 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Maria de Villota, Marussia, 2012Formula One drivers and teams have paid tribute to Maria de Villota, who passed away today in Spain.

Her family led the tributes to the 33-year-old who last year survived a serious crash while testing for Marussia.

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 family statement

It is with great sadness that we learned a short time ago of the news that Maria de Villota has passed away.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Maria?s family and friends at this very difficult time.
Marussia statement

Today is a tragic day for motor sport. My deepest condolences go to the de Villota family. Maria was a fantastic driver, a leading light for women in motor sport and a tireless campaigner for road safety.

Above all she was a friend I deeply admired. Through her courage, strength and determination she transformed her personal misfortune on the track into a powerful message for road safety that was heard at race tracks and beyond around the world. Maria was a beloved member of the FIA family. Our thoughts go to her family today.
Jean Todt

The whole paddock is very shocked by the news that Maria is no longer with us. She was an inspiration not just to women in this sport, but also to all those who suffered life-threatening injuries.

Her story, determination and subsequent inspiration flowed from F1 through sport as a whole, and to see the images of her in Barcelona on the grid earlier this year, surrounded by a throng of jubilant children, told a great story.

Maria participated in the Manhattan Fans? Forum on behalf of her team, Marussia F1, last year, and made a lasting impression on the fans who attended. She will be sadly missed, and we wish to pass on our sincere condolences to her family.
Martin Whitmarsh

It?s hard to talk about Maria de Villota right now, as I had only just taken my helmet off, when I was told about her death and at the moment, I still can?t believe it and need a while to stop and think about it.

Of course, it?s very sad news for the world of motorsport as Maria was loved by everyone. Now, all we can do is pray for her and for her family.
Fernando Alonso

We are shocked to hear the news of Maria de Villota?s death and would like to offer our sincerest condolences and heartfelt sympathy to her family and friends for this tragic loss.

If anybody represented strength and optimism, it was Maria. Her sudden death is a big loss to the motorsport world as she was an important ambassador for relaying important messages to the youth, and particularly girls that aspire to a career in motorsport.

Maria was an example of someone who never gave up, she always had a smile on her face and we will dearly miss her.
Monisha Kaltenborn

We were extremely saddened to learn of the loss of Maria de Villota. On behalf of everyone in the team, we send our sincere condolences to Maria?s family at this difficult time.
Christian Horner

We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Maria de Villota earlier today. On behalf of the team here in Japan and back at Enstone, I would like to express our condolences to the friends, family and colleagues of Maria. Our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.
Eric Boullier

The Williams F1 Team would like to express its deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Maria de Villota following the sad news emerging from Spain today that she has passed away.
Williams statement

Today?s news about Maria de Villota is horrendous and tragic. She had been through so much ?ǣ much more than most people will ever have to go through in their lives ?ǣ and it?s been so tough for her. This is a real shock to the whole Formula One ‘family’ and the world of motorsport. My thoughts are with her family at this time.
Jenson Button

Just saw this awful news about Maria De Villota. All my thoughts go to the family and friends.
Sebastien Buemi

Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Maria de Villota following the tragic news of her passing today. Her courage, determination and hope were an example and inspiration to many. She will be sadly missed by our sport.

We’d like to echo the thoughts of the whole paddock and express our deepest condolences on the news of Maria de Villota’s passing. RIP.

Tragic news emerging about Maria de Villota. A brave, heroic woman who set us all an example about spirit. Our wishes to friends and family.

Very sad news coming from Spain about brave Maria de Villota passing away. Our thoughts are with Maria’s family and friends in this moment.
Force India

Very sad news about Maria. She was an incredible person and big personality in our sport. My thoughts are with her family and friends. RIP
Paul di Resta

Sad news today here. We’ve lost someone that was a real fighter, someone that I really admired, Maria rest in peace we love you.
Jaime Alguersuari

So sad news emerging from Spain regarding Maria de Villota, my sincerest condolences to her family and friends.
Heikki Kovalainen

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