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Crash injuries 'killed F1 driver'

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.

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De Villota death linked to F1 accident

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."

Maria de Villota was found dead in a hotel in Seville on Friday. Credit: Reuters

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".

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