María de Villota
Spanish racing driver
María de Villota
María de Villota Comba is a Spanish racing driver. She is the daughter of former Formula One driver Emilio de Villota, and sister of Emilio de Villota, Jr. , who like his sister competed in Formula Palmer Audi. She is currently recovering from serious head and facial injuries sustained in an accident which occurred during a straight-line testing session in her role as the Marussia Formula One team's test driver.
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F1's Maria de Villota found dead at 33
CNN - over 3 years
The Spaniard suffered serious head injuries in a crash during her first and only outing in a F1 car last year.
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F1 Drivers to Honor De Villota at Suzuka
NYTimes - over 3 years
Formula One drivers will hold a minute's silence at the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday and dedicate the winner's podium to the late Marussia test driver Maria De Villota, they said on Saturday.
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Former F1 test pilot De Villota found dead
Reuters.com - over 3 years
MADRID (Reuters) - Former Spanish Formula One test driver Maria de Villota, one of the few women to come close to the top of the sport but whose career was cut short by an horrific accident last year, was found dead in a hotel in Seville on Friday.
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Maria de Villota: Formula One test driver found dead in Seville
CNN - over 3 years
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Former Formula One racer Maria de Villota found dead
Calgary Sun - over 3 years
Former Spanish Formula One test driver Maria de Villota, one of the few women to come close to the top of the sport but whose career was cut short by an horrific accident last year, has been found dead in a hotel in Seville.
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Racing driver Maria de Villota found dead in hotel room
Yahoo News - over 3 years
Madrid (AFP) - Former Formula 1kca/ak reserve driver Maria de Villota, 33, was found dead in a hotel room in Seville on Friday morning, the president of the Spanish Automobile Federation, Carlos Garcia, has confirmed.
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Wolff drives an F1 car with De Villota on her mind
Reuters.com - over 4 years
SILVERSTONE, England (Reuters) - Williams development driver Susie Wolff paid tribute to seriously injured Marussia tester Maria De Villota after having her first drive in a Formula One car at a damp Silverstone circuit on Wednesday.
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Test driver De Villota out of hospital
Yahoo News - over 4 years
MADRID (Reuters) - Spanish test driver Maria De Villota, seriously injured in a crash at the start of this month, is "in good overall shape" and was released from hospital on Wednesday, her Madrid clinic said. The Marussia Formula One team's De Villota suffered life-threatening head and facial injuries in the accident at Duxford airfield in eastern England on July 3 and lost her right eye after undergoing emergency surgery. ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of María de Villota
    THIRTIES
  • 2013
    Age 33
    On the morning of 11 October 2013, exactly one year from her first public appearance after her testing accident, Spanish media reported that De Villota, aged 33, had been found dead in her Seville hotel room; Eurosport reported that her family had confirmed her death.
    More Details Hide Details An autopsy confirmed De Villota had suffered a cardiac arrest. At the time of her death, De Villota was scheduled to participate as a speaker at the Seville Fundación Lo Que De Verdad Importa (LQDVI) conference and was due to launch her autobiography Life Is a Gift on 14 October. key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap) key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap) key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap) † Non Championship round
  • 2012
    Age 32
    In December she reiterated her desire to work with the team in 2012, adding that she was in advanced talks over a third driver role.
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    At approximately 9:30 on 3 July 2012, De Villota was involved in a testing accident at Duxford Aerodrome in England while carrying out straight-line testing for Marussia, her first time in the car.
    More Details Hide Details Her car crashed into a stationary truck at the end of a test run when it had just returned to the service area. A BBC reporter who witnessed the accident estimated the car was travelling at between when it crashed. It took an hour for her to be removed from the car and she was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridgeshire with life-threatening head and facial injuries. She was later reported to be conscious. The following day, Marussia team principal John Booth said De Villota remained in a "critical but stable" condition in hospital and had lost her right eye. On 6 July, the Marussia Technical Centre said that following an operation that day, her condition in relation to her head injury had improved. On 16 July, Marussia said the car was not at fault. Team principal John Booth said: "We are satisfied the findings of our internal investigation exclude the car as a factor in the accident". After a stay of 17 days, De Villota left the hospital and returned to Spain, having escaped severe neurological damage.
    On 7 March 2012, it was announced that María de Villota had joined Marussia F1 Team as a test driver, with the opportunity to sample Formula One machinery later in the year.
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  • 2011
    Age 31
    On 18 August 2011, the Lotus Renault GP team confirmed reports that De Villota had made her Formula One test debut in a Renault R29 at the Paul Ricard Circuit, and that her management was in talks to secure her a test driver seat in the future.
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    She remained with the Atlético Madrid team until the series folded in 2011.
    More Details Hide Details She also competed in the 2005 24 Hours of Daytona endurance race.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2009
    Age 29
    De Villota was born in Madrid. She competed in numerous racing series, including the World Touring Car Championship and ADAC Procar Series. In August 2009, she signed with Atlético Madrid to race for the remainder of the season in the Superleague Formula open wheel racing series.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1980
    Age 0
    Born on January 13, 1980.
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