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2015-05-27 08:10

SHE COULD HAVE BEEN A STAR IN F1: Despite injuries inflicted during a track crash (main image), Maria de Villota (inset) was working as an ambassador to boost women in motorsport, She died in October 2013. Villota image: AP / Luca Bruno


LONDON, England - An investigation into a 2012 crash that severely injured Marussia's now late Formula 1 test driver Maria de Villota has ended with no further action to be taken against any parties involved.

Britain's health and safety executive said in a statement on Tuesday (May 26 2015) that the team and the driver's family had been informed.


De Villota lost her right eye and her skull was fractured when her car ran into the back of a team truck at the Duxford airfield in eastern England after a straight-line aerodynamics test. De Villota died of natural causes, possibly linked to her injuries, in 2013.

An investigation by the team immediately after the crash found there were no car-related issues to blame.

Tail-ender team Marussia, which went under administration in 2014, is still competing in F1 under the ownership of Manor Grand Prix Racing.

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