Maria de Villota

Maria de Villota found dead in hotel in Spain

2013 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

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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  1. Very sad news.

    RIP MarĂ­a.

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

  3. So sad. RIP Maria.

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

  5. RIP Maria :-(

  6. So Sad to hear this. RIP Maria,

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

  8. 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. sad indeed :(

  10. Steph (@stephanief1990)
    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.

    1. Well said @steph.

      RIP Maria de Villota

    2. +1 Tragic and very sad.

    3. Hear, hear.

    4. Very well said. It’s a terrible tragedy.

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

  12. 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. Very sad news.

    Rest In Peace Maria.

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

  16. So sad, RIP Maria.

  17. joschenrindt78
    11th October 2013, 8:41

    RIP Maria, what a tragic loss…

  18. Totally unexpected, sad and depressive. No words can make this situation any better.

  19. Let us never forget how she lived and what she was fighting for. We should continue to make F1 and other racing series safer. We should ensure that everyone has exactly the same opportunities in motorsports, regardless of gender.

    Maria said that F1 is about doing things in the very best way. Let us always keep that in mind.

    Rest in peace Maria. You will never be forgotten.

    1. Well said. Totally agree. R.I.P. Maria.

    2. Steph (@stephanief1990)
      11th October 2013, 9:20

      Couldn’t agree more @girts . Well said.

  20. Heard this on the radio on my into work, I’m very shocked and saddened by the news.

    My thoughts are with her family and friends.

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