Maria de Villota

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”

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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