Michèle Mouton, on behalf of the FIA Women in Motorsport Commission, would like to add to Jean Todt’s expressions of condolence following the sad passing of María de Villota today.
Fri 11.10.13, 3:03PM
“Maria was such a great person. When you are able to go through such a terrible tragedy and transform the negatives into such positives, it is truly remarkable. María was able to do this and was more radiant than ever; that requires an amazing spirit and deserves respect and admiration. I was close to María and it is a real privilege to have known her.
“We worked together in the Women in Motorsport Commission and María was an inspiration not only to our members, but also the wider motor sport community. As one of our Ambassadors she strived to get more young women into our sport, to help them achieve their goals and have belief in themselves. She was a dedicated supporter for road and motor sport safety and was very involved with our Action for Road Safety campaign; this is something María was incredibly passionate about.
“I will never forget María’s wonderful smile and the inspiration she gave to so many people; she is an example to us all and my heart goes out to everyone touched on this very sad day.”