Maria De Villota  Spain

  • Full name Maria De Villota
  • Birth date January 13, 1980
  • Birthplace Madrid, Spain
  • Date of death October 11, 2013 (33 years 271 days)
  • Relation Father - E de Villota
  • Teams Manor
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The daughter of ex-F1 driver Emilio de Villota, Maria competed in a variety of motor sports following her 2001 debut in Spanish Formula Toyota, although she did not win a race after her first season racing.

Despite this, in 2010 she signed a deal to become a Marussia test driver, which included an outing in the 2012 car at the Young Driver Test in Abu Dhabi, and Marussia took a decision to increase her profile.

However, in her first test drive for the team at Duxford Aerodrome she crashed into a parked truck and sustained serious head injuries. She lost the sight in one eye, ending her racing career.

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