De Villota set for return to F1 paddock
8 May 2013 – María de Villota will return to the Formula 1 paddock at this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix, her first appearance since suffering a life-threatening testing crash.
De Villota, 33, was seriously injured last year when she lost control of her car during a straightline test for Marussia and collided with the tailgate of a lorry. The Spaniard lost her right eye and is eager to personally thank team staff and drivers for their support.
"It's my first race after the incident, so I have found it a little harder to sleep," de Villota, daughter of former F1 driver Emilio, told Europa Press. "It will be hard, as I greatly miss it, but I want to see all of the drivers at home; I think we'll see a great race.
"I want to thank many people that I have not seen since the accident, and I've been unable to acknowledge their support, like by putting my star on their helmet."
Formula 1 testing resumed at Duxford, where de Villota crashed, last month.