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.

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

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  1. This is so sad to wake up to. I am shocked to say the least and I feel a great emptyness right now. This just makes you realize how short life is. If anything, Maria was an inspiration to anybody to move forward in adversity. She will be missed and send out my deepest sympathy and condolences to her family.
    It´s sad how good people get taken away and some others stay behind for a while…. it sucks but that´s life I guess. This is just too sad for me right now.

  2. I really didn’t expect this, it’s really sad, especially at such a young age. My condolences to her family…

  3. Very sad news, I thought she was doing rather fine and enjoying her life. My deepest condolences to her family and friends.

  4. Desperately sad news. First heard about it when they reported it on Sky this morning during the FP2 show, and everyone was very visibly choked up about it. After everything that happened, and all she overcame, it’s dreadful that her inspiring story would come to such a premature end.

    The saddest thing is seeing all the ghoulish speculation from people commenting on the various news reports. Very unpleasant and disrespectful behaviour.

  5. Very sad news that I would never have expected, May you rest in peace Maria.

  6. If the reported heart attack has to do with the surgery mentioned above, I hope teams and FIA in general keep always improving safety and don’t take things for granted. Saddest F1 news in a long time. RIP Maria

    1. Possibly the darkest day of f1 since Senna died.

      Very sad :-(

  7. David not Coulthard (@)
    11th October 2013, 13:56

    Jaw dropping – in a bad way.

    May she rest in peace.

  8. Very Sad news. RIP…

  9. Very sad news. RIP Maria

  10. Michael (@freelittlebirds)
    11th October 2013, 14:23

    RIP Maria – a sad day for motor racing. I hope F1 does something nice to commemorate her contribution to the sport.

  11. 33 is way, way too soon. Rest in peace, Maria.

  12. RIP Maria.. you’ll be missed …

  13. Very sad news… My thoughts are with her family and loved ones.

    RIP Maria

  14. This is just awful, poor Maria so young RIP

  15. RIP Maria. My sympathies with Maria’s family, friends and fans.

  16. Michael Brown (@)
    11th October 2013, 16:53

    That’s tragic to die at an age so young

  17. Very, very sad day. Sincere sympathies to her family.

  18. Certainly the saddest news F1 has seen in a while.

    @keithcollantine, I appreciate your respect and constraint in this article. would have been easy to latch onto the various forms of speculation out there in other articles simply for that sake of having more words to read, or the appearance of more information where there is none.

    1. Second that.

  19. Very sad day for motor sport… RIP Maria …

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