Maria de Villota's family say doctors told them the Formula One driver died as a direct consequence of the testing accident she was involved in last year. The 33-year-old was found dead in a hotel Seville on Friday.
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.
Maria de Villota's family have said the Formula One driver died as a direct consequence of the testing accident she was involved in last year.
A statement issued by the family read: "Maria left us while she was sleeping as a consequence of the neurological injuries she suffered in July of 2012, according to what the forensic doctor has told us."
De Villota lost her right eye in the incident at Duxford Aerodrome 15 months ago, but following a month's recuperation in hospital she made a remarkable recovery.
The body of the former Marussia test driver, who was 33, was discovered at a hotel in Seville early yesterday.
Doctors later confirmed De Villota's death "was due to natural causes".