Maria de Villota found dead in hotel in Spain

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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. Broom (@brum55) said on 11th October 2013, 8:33

    So sad, RIP Maria.

  2. joschenrindt78 said on 11th October 2013, 8:41

    RIP Maria, what a tragic loss…

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

  4. Girts (@girts) said on 11th October 2013, 8:45

    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.

  5. Dphect (@dphect) said on 11th October 2013, 8:54

    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.

  6. That’s terrible.

  7. Peter Cotterill (@stigrennfahrer) said on 11th October 2013, 9:02

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

  8. JerseyF1 (@jerseyf1) said on 11th October 2013, 9:05

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

  9. MagillaGorilla (@magillagorilla) said on 11th October 2013, 9:07

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

  10. The Blade Runner (@thebladerunner) said on 11th October 2013, 9:13

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

    Gone but never forgotten.

  11. Slr (@slr) said on 11th October 2013, 9:14

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

  12. Magnificent Geoffrey (@magnificent-geoffrey) said on 11th October 2013, 9:17

    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.

  13. Timothy Katz (@timothykatz) said on 11th October 2013, 9:21

    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.

  14. PhilEReid (@philereid) said on 11th October 2013, 9:27

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

  15. LolaF1 (@lolaf1) said on 11th October 2013, 9:29

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

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