11-10-2013: News of Maria de Villota’s death broke over the weekend of the Japanese Grand Prix. It has been reported that the 33 year old former F1 test driver died of “natural causes” in her hotel room in Seville.

She was due to launch her autobiography titled “La Vida es un regalo (Life is a Gift)” in Madrid next week. I was fortunate to interview her early in her F1 career. Read her interview here.

Thank you for being an inspiration to us all. You will be sorely missed. Rest in Peace, Maria.

maria De Villota