The sad news came out over the weekend that Spanish racing driver MariaDe Villota died in what is believed to be as a result of the injuries sustained during a crash in Marussia F1 car.
For those that don’t know what happened, Maria was testing the Marussia last year. When she was in the paddock, she lost control of the car and crashed into the team’s car transporter. She suffered a massive head injury which cost her an eye, not to mention major neurological trauma.
Maria claimed something went wrong with the car while the team maintains that it was driver error that led to the crash. Britain Health & Safety Executive’s ongoing investigation will hopefully get to the bottom of the incident. Either way, it’s going to be a sad outcome. I hate to think Maria got it wrong that day but at the same time I don’t want to hear that Marussia have a dangerous vehicle.
The saddest thing is that F1 has another fatality in its ranks. I hope it’s a very long time before we see this again. Rest in peace, Maria.