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Maria De Villota: Lotus-Renault’s New Publicity Stunt

Fresh from announcing that former World Champion Kimi Raikkonen will drive for the team in 2012, Lotus-Renault (soon to be Lotus) are in talks with an unlikely party to be their reserve driver for next season. If you've never heard of Maria de Villota you're probably not alone.  At the age of 31, she has had—thus far—no notable success in any form of motor racing. Her last race win came in 2001, driving in the Spanish Formula Toyota 1300 series.  She has since competed in four seasons of Spanish F3 (with one podium), the Daytona 24 Hours (10th in class), the Euroseries 3000 (best result 7th) and Superleague Formula (best result 4th). Her official website states that she drove in the World Touring Car Championship in 20...

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