Minute's silence planned for de Villota
13 October 2013 – A minute of silence will be held ahead of Sunday afternoon's Japanese Grand Prix in memory of María de Villota, the F1 Grand Prix Drivers' Association has confirmed.
De Villota, aged 33, was found dead in a Seville hotel room on Friday morning, with her death being linked to the injuries she sustained in a testing crash last year.
The post-race podium ceremony at Suzuka will also be dedicated to the Spaniard.
A statement issued by the Grand Prix Drivers' Association read:
'All F1 drivers of the Grand Prix Drivers Association are very saddened to hear of the tragic death of our former member María de Villota.
'She has been an active member and contributed to driver safety in a very enthusiastic and most professional manner. Her positive attitude, maturity and extreme commitment will never be forgotten and are something we have learned from. María will be missed and always remembered by all of us.
'The F1 drivers will have one minute silence just before the drivers' parade and the podium will be dedicated to María. In this incredibly difficult time the F1 drivers would like to extend to her family and friends their most sincere condolences.'