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.

Readers are reminded given the sensitive nature of this story to refrain from posting speculation or unverified information.

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

  1. That’s terrible.

  2. Piotr Koteryl (@stigrennfahrer) said on 11th October 2013, 9:02

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

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

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. Oskar (@oskar) said on 11th October 2013, 9:31

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

  12. caci99 (@caci99) said on 11th October 2013, 9:32

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

  13. verstappen (@verstappen) said on 11th October 2013, 9:47

    At least she did what she wanted in life.

  14. Such a huge shock.. RIP Maria

  15. overboost (@overboost) said on 11th October 2013, 10:02

    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.
    R.I.P.

  16. Ivan B (@njoydesign) said on 11th October 2013, 10:17

    sad, very sad

    RIP

  17. ken (@kenke) said on 11th October 2013, 10:49

    R……….I………..P :(

  18. ScuderiaVincero (@scuderiavincero) said on 11th October 2013, 11:20

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

  19. Tayyib (@m0nzaman) said on 11th October 2013, 11:34

    RIP Maria De Villota

  20. Hamilfan (@hamilfan) said on 11th October 2013, 12:01

    What ? shocking ! RIP . How old was she ?

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