On 11th October 2013, the world of motorsport especially Formula 1 was stunned to learn that Spanish racing driver Maria de Villota has passed away. Maria was in Seville to launch her autobiography “La Vida es un regalo (Life is a Gift)“.

In 2012, she was involved in an accident as a test track at Duxford airfield in Cambridgeshire while testing the Marussia MR-01 car, in which she lost her eye. It is reported that her death was linked to this accident. Following this news, there has been numerous tributes paid to Maria from all over the motorsport world and Formula 1 drivers held a minute’s silence at the Japanese Grand Prix.

Maria de Villota (c) ACDM Fundacion

Prior to her death, Maria became an Ambassador for Women in Motorsport with Formula One racing’s governing body, the FIA, and participated in both the FIA Drivers’ Commission and its Action for Road Safety campaign. She was also involved in the “Ana Carolina Diez Mahou Foundation” with a mission statement: to help children with neuromuscular and mitochondrial diseases as an ambassador.

The Ana Carolina Diez Mahou Foundation (Fundacion Ana Carolina Diez Mahou) is a nonprofit organization whose sole purpose is to improve the quality of life of children with genetic neuromuscular diseases (mainly mitochondrial and dystrophic) and their families.

Maria was an inspiration to many, especially those involved in Formula One and in recognition of her contribution to motorsport and her charitable causes, fundraising events are being organised to support her chosen charity. Aim is to raise £1000 by mid 2014. Donations can be made via individual fundraising challenges/endeavours or directly to the charity.

(Para hacerte socio, rellena el siguiente Formulario, y envíalo a javierperezminguez@gmail.com o info@fundacionanacarolinadiezmahou.com / To join, fill in the form and send it to javierperezminguez@gmail.com or info@fundacionanacarolinadiezmahou.com)

If you would like to get involved in any of these events – which could include road-races such as Rock and Roll, Madrid, 27th April 2014, Spain, Silverstone Half Marathon, 2nd March 2014, UK or art auctions etc – you can send me a message via the Comments section below.