Maria de Villota
Oct 11

F1: Teams And Drivers Pay Tribute To ‘Inspirational’ Maria De Villota

Maria de Villota was known for her courage, strength and determination. (Photo: Getty Images)

was known for her courage, strength and determination. (Photo: Getty Images)

The community pays its respects to Maria de Villota, who passed away Friday morning at the age of 33.

Her family led the tribute, stating: “Dear friends. Maria has left us. She had to go to heaven like all angels.

“We are thankful to God for the extra year and a half that he left her with us,” the de Villota family said, referencing a 2012 testing crash which left her with severe head injuries and resulted in the loss of her right eye.

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Oct 11

F1: Maria de Villota Found Dead In Seville, Spain

Maria de Villota seen on the grid before this year's Spanish Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

seen on the grid before this year’s Spanish Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Former Formula One test driver Maria de Villota was found dead in a hotel room in Seville on Friday, and police said it appears she died of natural causes. She was 33.

Spanish police told The Associated Press that De Villota was discovered in the Hotel Sevilla Congresos in the morning, dead “apparently from natural causes.” An autopsy will be carried out.

De Villota was seriously injured last year in a crash during testing for the F1 team in England, losing her right eye and sustaining serious head injuries that kept her hospitalized for a month.

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