F1 to pay tribute to de Villota

F1 to pay tribute to de Villota

Formula 1

F1 to pay tribute to de Villota


Formula 1 drivers plan to hold a minute’s silence for Maria de Villota ahead of Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix.

The former Marussia test driver died on Friday as a result of injuries sustained in a straightline testing accident last year.

The Grand Prix Drivers’ Association issued a statement after qualifying paying tribute to de Villota and revealing their intention to remember her ahead of the drivers’ parade and to dedicate the podium ceremony to her memory.

“All F1 drivers of the Grand Prix Drivers Association are very saddened to hear of the tragic death of our former member Maria de Villota,” said the statement. “She has been an active member and contributed to driver safety in a very enthusiastic and most professional manner.

“Her positive attitude, maturity and extreme commitment will never be forgotten and are something we have learned from. Maria will be missed and always remembered by all of us.

“The F1 drivers will have one minute of silence just before the drivers’ parade tomorrow and the podium will be dedicated to Maria. In this incredibly difficult time the F1 drivers would like to extend to her family and friends their most sincere condolences.”