Maria de Villota was only 33-years-old but she was found dead in Seville Spain where she was to present her new book, Life is a Gift, that recounted her experiences and the road to recovery from a near-fatal accident she had in July last year.
De Villota had been testing for Marussia in a straight-line aerodynamic test at Duxford airfield when her car accelerated and clouted a hauler. Maria lost an eye and suffered a fractured skull in the incident.
The Formula 1 paddock was shocked at the news as they prepared for this weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix. Marussia said:
“It is with great sadness that we learned a short time ago of the news that Maria de Villota has passed away.
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