Maria de Villota found dead in hotel in Spain

2013 F1 season

Maria de VillotaMaria de Villota, the former Marussia test drive who lost an eye in a crash last year, has died.

De Villota was found dead in a hotel in Seville according to local reports.

The 33-year-old was critically injured while testing Marussia’s F1 car at Duxford Aerodrome last year. Following intensive surgery she made a recovery but her right eye could not be saved.

Following her accident and recovery De Villota, the daugher of former F1 driver Emilio de Villota, worked for the FIA’s Action for Road Safety project and had written an autobiography “Life is a Gift”.

F1 Fanatic extends its sincere sympathies to her family.

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68 comments on Maria de Villota found dead in hotel in Spain

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  1. Mariano (@mariano) said on 11th October 2013, 8:00

    Very sad news.

    RIP MarĂ­a.

  2. Journeyer (@journeyer) said on 11th October 2013, 8:00

    Awful. Just awful. :( RIP, Maria. Thoughts go out to her family and the Marussia team.

  3. Keamo said on 11th October 2013, 8:01

    So sad. RIP Maria.

  4. MacLeod said on 11th October 2013, 8:02

    That is really sad to hear, my thoughts are with the family in these hard times..

  5. William (@william) said on 11th October 2013, 8:03

    RIP Maria :-(

  6. So Sad to hear this. RIP Maria,

  7. graham228221 (@graham228221) said on 11th October 2013, 8:05

    wow, that’s a real shock – extremely sad, RIP Maria.

  8. Abnash (@abnash) said on 11th October 2013, 8:09

    Such sad news, my condolences to the family. It’s always tragic for one in the Formula 1 community to go. There had better be a minute silence before the Japanese Grand Prix to respect Maria. It is so tragic considering how her dreams were cut short. RIP

  9. barkun (@barkun) said on 11th October 2013, 8:10

    sad indeed :(
    RIP

  10. Steph (@stephanief1990) said on 11th October 2013, 8:12

    This is absolutely awful. My thoughts are with her family and friends through this time. It’s a tragedy. I had so much respect for Maria, she made her way in a world which is exclusively male (sports are one of the worst areas in society for gender equality, and motor sport is one of the worst sports for that) and the fact she managed to have a career racing is an incredible testament to her talents and character. The way she handled her accident and her injuries from that was beautiful and inspiring too. Not many would have achieved what she has since. This is a real shock and a big loss for the racing world.

  11. Libellula (@ladyf1fanatic) said on 11th October 2013, 8:12

    Farewell Maria! You’ll be missed. Shocking news. Ours prayers go out to her family and friends. :-(
    ***

  12. dragoll (@dragoll) said on 11th October 2013, 8:25

    RIP Maria. The news is such a shock. My thoughts are with her family and friends.

  13. This is so horrible. I’m very saddened. I met her in person and she was a gorgeous and intelligent lady who was out there to achieve the impossible. RIP Maria.

  14. JCost (@jcost) said on 11th October 2013, 8:28

    Very sad news.

    Rest In Peace Maria.

  15. Merv (@) said on 11th October 2013, 8:30

    Very very sad news this morning, so sorry for her family.

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