Saturday, 12 October 2013

Formula 1 reserve driver Maria De Villota found dead in Seville

Female Formula 1 reserve racing driver Maria De Villota has died.

Maria, who lost her right eye in a testing accident July last year, was found dead in a hotel room in Seville, Spain.

Reports say the 33-year-old was found at around 7am on Friday, October 11, at the Hotel Savilla Congresos in Seville, where she had been due to give a lecture.

A Police spokeswoman in Seville claims it was a natural death although this could not be confirmed at the time of this report.

A statement from her family, posted on Facebook, read: ‘Dear friends: Maria has left us. She had to go to heaven like all angels. We are thankful to God for the extra year and a half that he left her with us.’

Maria was the daughter of former Formula 1 driver Emilio de Villota, and sister of driver Emilio de Villota Junior.

She made her F1 test debut in 2009, and had competed in F3, GTs, touring cars and the Superleague Formula before joining up with the Marussia team in March last year.

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