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Maria De Villota: F1 reserve driver died of 'natural causes' in Spain
BBC Sport - Maria De Villota: F1 reserve driver died of 'natural causes' in Spain
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Maria De Villota: F1 reserve driver died of 'natural causes' in Spain
BBC Sport - Maria De Villota: F1 reserve driver died of 'natural causes' in Spain
We live only a couple of hours away from Sevilla and a very good Spanish friend who lives there is hinting that on good authority it was a suicide. We shall see!

Whatever happened it is still a tragedy.

Hopefully it will not influence race teams to think again about women F1 drivers.

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All drivers in F1 have to be in peak physical condition, and even after one year away should be in pretty good shape.
It's hard to see how someone like that can pass away 'of natural courses' at the age of 33 unless its related to last years head injury...
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Marussia crash led to de Villota death - family
(GMM) Maria de Villota's family have confirmed the testing crash at the wheel of a Marussia last July led to her death on Friday.

"Maria left us while she was sleeping as a consequence of the neurological injuries that she suffered in July of 2012," sister Isabel said.

De Villota's family added that the "forensic doctor" had come to that conclusion after an autopsy.

Investigations into the incident at Duxford airfield last July are still taking place.

A spokesperson for the UK's health and safety executive said the organization "would expect to be kept informed of any new evidence".

De Villota was cremated in Seville on Saturday before a private ceremony, the Spanish news agency EFE said.

F1 drivers will mark the death of their female colleague before the drivers' parade on Sunday at Suzuka, the Grand Prix Drivers' Association announced.


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Last night I was with my brother -in-law at his local village pub in Amersham UK and we were talking to one of the pub regulars.
He had just returned from Japan and was also mentioning Korea. I asked him what took him to such faraway climes, and it turned out he is on the support team for Marussia, and he was saying what a somber mood there was among the team at Suzuka last weekend.

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I saw the MRI of this woman after the crash. You would not believe that this was actually an image of the skull of a living person.

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