Maria De Villota Tributes Come Flooding from F1 Family After Death at 33

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Maria De Villota Tributes Come Flooding from F1 Family After Death at 33
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Maria de Villota was found dead in a hotel room in Seville on Friday at the age of 33, to the shock of the Formula 1 community.

The former Marussia test driver had survived a horrific freak accident in 2012 in which she lost an eye, but had returned to public life and was believed to be in Seville to promote her autobiography.

Her family confirmed the news with a touching message on de Villota's Facebook page (originally in Spanish, translated):

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.

Tributes to de Villota have been flooding in from drivers, teams and commentators alike. A statement from her former team Marussia reads:

It is with great sadness that we learned a short time ago of the news that Maria de Villota has passed away.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Maria’s family and friends at this very difficult time.

Here we round up the sentiments:

 

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