Maria de Villota, the female F1 driver who lost her eye when she crashed, has been found dead in a hotel room in Seville.

Spanish police say it appears the 33-year-old died of natural causes.

In July last year, De Villota, 32, was seriously injured when she was taking part in her first test for the Marussia Formula One team at Duxford Airfield.

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Maria De Villota in the paddock after the second free practice session at the Catalunya racetrack

She crashed into a support truck and was treated at the trackside before being taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge where it is understood she was treated for head and face injuries.

She had driven in several different forms of racing in Europe, including the World Touring Car Championship in 2006 and 2007 plus the Superleague open-wheeler series.

She was the daughter of Emilio de Villota, who competed in Formula One between 1976 and 1982.

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