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. OmarR-Pepper (@omarr-pepper) said on 11th October 2013, 13:52

    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

  2. David not Coulthard (@) said on 11th October 2013, 13:56

    Jaw dropping – in a bad way.

    May she rest in peace.

  3. tmax (@tmax) said on 11th October 2013, 14:11

    Very Sad news. RIP…

  4. DaveF1 (@davef1) said on 11th October 2013, 14:23

    Very sad news. RIP Maria

  5. Michael (@freelittlebirds) said on 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.

  6. 33 is way, way too soon. Rest in peace, Maria.

  7. RIP Maria.. you’ll be missed …

  8. F1_Americana (@f1americana) said on 11th October 2013, 15:07

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

    RIP Maria

  9. zippyone (@zippyone) said on 11th October 2013, 15:38

    This is just awful, poor Maria so young RIP

  10. Todfod (@todfod) said on 11th October 2013, 15:47

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

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

    That’s tragic to die at an age so young

  12. phildick (@phildick) said on 11th October 2013, 17:34

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

  13. Jason (@jmwalley) said on 11th October 2013, 19:11

    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.

  14. Tifoso1989 (@tifoso1989) said on 11th October 2013, 23:50

    Very sad day for motor sport… RIP Maria …

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