De Villota found dead in hotel room
11 October 2013 – Ex-Marussia reserve driver María de Villota has been found dead in a hotel room in Seville. The Spaniard, who was working for the Banbury-based outfit when she suffered life-threatening injuries in a testing crash last year, was 33.
A statement published on de Villota's Facebook page on Friday morning, signed by her family, explained: "Dear friends: Maria has left us, she had to go to heaven like all angels. We thank God for the extra year and a half that he left her with us."
Although de Villota lost her right eye and suffered major skull damage after hitting a trailer during the aforementioned straight line test at Duxford Aerodrome, she was able to recover and returned to the F1 paddock at this year's Spanish Grand Prix.
De Villota formerly contested the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) and Superleague Formula, and was the daughter of ex-Formula 1 racer Emilio.
GPUpdate.net extends its condolences to the family and friends of María de Villota.