De Villota death 'a result' of crash
12 October 2013 – María de Villota's death was a consequence of the serious injuries she suffered during her Formula 1 test for the Marussia team last year, her family has explained.
The Spaniard lost her right eye and sustained major skull damage when she collided with a team support trailer in a straight line test at the Duxford Aerodrome in July of last year. Aged 33, she was found dead in a hotel room in Seville on Friday morning.
De Villota had recovered sufficiently from the accident to resume her position on the Women in Motorsport Commission, and returned to the F1 paddock at Barcelona earlier this year. She was set to launch her autobiography, Life is a Gift, on Monday.
"María left us while she was asleep, at around 6am, as a consequence of the neurological injuries that she suffered in July 2012, according to what the forensic doctor told us," read a statement issued by de Villota's family. "Maria has left us a clear message of joy and hope, which is helping the whole family move on."
De Villota is due to be buried in a private service in her home city of Madrid.