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Minute's silence for Spanish driver

Maria De Villota Credit: Jens BÃŒttner / DPA / Press Association Images

A minute's silence has been held at the Japanese Grand Prix in memory of the Formula One test driver Maria De Villota.

F1 drivers staged the tribute before the race. Maria De Villota's been described as an inspiration and leading light for women in motorsport.

Yesterday the Spanish test driver's family issued a statement saying that she died as a result of injuries she suffered after a crash in Cambridgeshire last year. Her body was found at a hotel in Spain on Friday.

F1 test driver's 'remarkable' recovery

Maria De Villota lost an eye after the crash Credit: PA

Maria De Villota, the Marussia Formula One test driver who suffered serious injuries in a crash at Duxford Airfield is making a 'remarkable' recovery.

Just eight days on from the accident she is awake and speaking to her family, who are at her bedside.

Marussia F1 say Maria has been making 'small but significant steps' and that medical assessments are ongoing to monitor Maria’s improving condition.