We were saddened to report the other day on the untimely death of Maria De Villota, an aspiring Formula One racing driver who was found dead on Friday in her hotel room in Seville, Spain. At the time the circumstances of her passing were unknown, but reports now indicate that officials have ruled out any foul play, linking her death with the injuries she sustained in the July 2012 crash that took her right eye.

The daughter of former F1 driver Emilio De Villota, Maria had embarked upon a promising racing career in her own right. She had competed in a variety of European formula feeder series from Spanish F3 to Superleague Formula as well as some tin-top racing in the World Touring Car Championship, Italian Superstars and Grand-Am. But her goal was to make it into F1.

In 2011 she tested for the Lotus-Renault team and then signed on as official test driver for the Marussia team. While performing those duties at the Duxford Aerodrome last year, she collided with a truck and sustained severe neurological damage. Those injuries sidelined her racing career and shifted her focus to charitable pursuits. She was reportedly in Seville to launch her autobiography when those injuries finally caught up with her to take her life.

Her fellow F1 drivers pledged to take a moment of silence in her memory at this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka, and the family – to whom we extend our deepest sympathies – was reportedly planning a private funeral. Whether they find cause take any manner of recourse against the Marussia team, however, remains to be seen.

I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.

    • 1 Second Ago
      • 1 Year Ago
      Godspeed Maria. May you never see a red or yellow flag where you\'re at.
      • 1 Year Ago
      The news confirms what a lot of folks suspected. RIP, Maria.
      • 1 Year Ago
      What a terrible shame and a loss to the world of motorsport.
      E85 450HP Forester
      • 1 Year Ago
      Maria, a dear compatriot of mine, descansa en Paz !
      • 1 Year Ago
      It is possible that she died from something called a pulmonary embolism. otherwise called a blood clot to her heart or lungs
        • 1 Year Ago
        Why would that be related to her injuries? The crash happened over a year ago and she has been able to walk, so she would not have been at increased risk because of immobilization. Almost all of her injuries were to her face and head, so I think it is more likely a stroke from damaged blood vessels, etc.
      john m
      • 1 Year Ago
      Very sad. RIP Maria.
      • 1 Year Ago
    Share This Photo X