Formula 1 driver found dead

Racing driver Maria De Villota has been found dead in a hotel room in Spain.

Driver's family say she died of her injuries

Maria de Villota's family have claimed her death on Friday was as a directconsequence of the testing accident she was involved in last year.

A statement issued by the family read: "Maria left us while she was sleeping,approximately at 6am (on Friday), as a consequence of the neurological injuries she suffered in July of 2012, according to what the forensic doctor has told us.

"Maria is gone, but she has left us a very clear message of joy and hope, which is helping the family move on in these moments."

The body of former Marussia test driver De Villota, who was just 33, was discovered at the Hotel Sevilla Congresos in Seville early on Friday.

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Blundell: 'Maria would have been next female F1 driver'

María de Villota's manager, Mark Blundell, believes that the Spaniard would have been "the next female Formula One driver".

De Villota was found dead in a hotel room in Seville earlier this morning.

The 33-year-old's racing career was cut tragically short when she lost an eye in an accident at Cambridgeshire's Duxford Aerodrome last year.

However, Blundell believes that De Villota had the talent to become the first female driver to enter the Formula One World Championship since Giovanna Amati back in 1992.

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Formula 1 teams lead tributes to test driver De Villota

Formula 1 racing teams Red Bull and Sauber have issued tributes to test driver Maria de Villota, who has died at the age of 33.

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Christian Horner - On behalf of everyone in the team, we send our sincere condolences to Maria’s family at this difficult time"

Sauber tweeted: "We are shocked to hear about the death of María de Villota. Our sincerest condolences and sympathy to her family for this tragic loss."

Christian Horner, team principal of Red Bull, said: "We were extremely saddened to learn of the loss of Maria de Villota.

"On behalf of everyone in the team, we send our sincere condolences to Maria’s family at this difficult time"

Racing driver found dead in hotel room

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Maria De Villota was found in her hotel room in Seville, Spain Credit: PA Wire

Oxfordshire based Formula 1 racing driver Maria de Villota has been found dead in a Spanish hotel room.

The 33-year-old was found at around 7am this morning in a Seville hotel room.

Police have said: "We are assuming it was a natural death, but we cannot confirm anything."

Maria was seriously injured last year when she collided with a lorry in Cambridgeshire whilst test driving a car for Banbury's Marussia team.

She suffered serious head injuries and lost her right eye in the crash but given a health all-clear to continue with her driving career.