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. That’s terrible.

  2. This is desperately hard news! Rest in Peace, María. My thoughts are with her family and friends.

  3. Very shocked to read this, it is very sad news indeed. RIP.

  4. This is very shocking and I really would like to know why. She was young still and seemed to be moving forward.

  5. Very sad indeed. Especially so after such an amazing recovery from a quite horrendous accident.

    Gone but never forgotten.

  6. Shocking news, it’s sad to see someone so young die.

  7. That’s horrible news. I feel so awful for the de Villota family.

    The one thing I will always remember about Maria isn’t the fact that was a test driver, but that she had such a wonderful nature about herself – always appearing bright and cheery whenever she was interviewed or on camera. Even after suffering a severe personal tragedy in her accident last year, the way she bounced back and just seemed to take it all in her stride was of testament to her strong character and I have nothing but respect for her for that.

    A great loss for the entire motorsport community.

  8. This is appalling news. She had tremendous stregth of spirit. What on earth could have hapened?
    My sincere sympathy to all her family, friends and colleagues.

  9. RIP, a strong woman with a kind heart taken too soon. Thoughts go out to her family and friends.

  10. Sorry to hear the news. Very sad and especially in light of all she has been through in the last year. RIP Maria x

  11. RIP María de Villota.
    You´ll never be forgotten.

  12. Oh my! Very sad by this news. Rest in peace and condolences to her family and friends.

  13. At least she did what she wanted in life.

  14. Such a huge shock.. RIP Maria

  15. I couldn’t believe it when I heard it this morning on the radio that someone so sympathetic, strong and courageous has left us.
    Thanks for working on the roads safety.

  16. sad, very sad


  17. R……….I………..P :(

  18. Tragic news. My condolences to Maria’s family, and may Maria herself rest in peace.

  19. RIP Maria De Villota

  20. What ? shocking ! RIP . How old was she ?

    1. @Hamilfan – Only 33 :(

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