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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