Formula 1 test driver de Villota 'died from crash injuries'

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Formula 1 test driver de Villota 'died from crash injuries'

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The cremation has taken place of Spanish Formula One test driver Maria de Villota.

De Villota was appointed test driver for Anglo-Russian Formula One team Marussia last year before a testing accident in England in July 2012 in which De Villota lost her right eye and fractured her skull. She recovered from life-threatening injuries but no longer competed.

Only a handful of women have driven Formula One cars in the last decade and none has come near to racing one in competition.

De Villota had been found dead in a hotel in the southern Spanish city of Seville by her personal assistant on Friday.

A family statement said she had died “as a consequence of the neurological injuries she suffered” in the incident.

Formula One drivers will hold a minute’s silence before Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix in memory of de Villota and the podium will be dedicated in her honour, officials said on Saturday.