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Maria De Villota: A Driving Force for Women’s Racing

When Maria de Villota’s Marussia MR-01 crashed into a support truck at Duxford airfield in Cambridge on July 3, 2012 a promising career was cut short. De Villota had been completing a straightline test when her car struck a team support truck while returning to the pits. She lost her right eye in the accident, but her life was saved, and de Villota recovered after a series of operations to take an active part in motor racing as an ambassador for the FIA’s Women in Motorsport Commission. Talking almost a year ago to the day about her accident, de Villota said she had a new outlook on life and that the experience had given her “back what’s important” in life as quoted on BBC Sport at the time. It makes today...

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