- Villota is the daughter of retired Formula One driver Emilio de Villota.
- This is the first season her team have competed as Marussia, after the Russian sports car manufacturer bought a controlling stake in the former Virgin team.
- Since 2001, Villota has competed in various Spanish motor races.
Marussia's Spanish test driver Maria De Villota has lost her right eye. Her formula One team says she remains critically ill in hospital after surgery for facial and head injuries. She was involved in an accident at Duxford airfield.