Maria de Villota’s death has been linked to the injuries that she suffered whilst undertaking a straight-line test in the UK last July.
The 33-year-old died yesterday morning, and her sister Isabel has released a statement on Saturday.
“Maria left us while she was sleeping, approximately at 6am, as a consequence of the neurological injuries that she suffered in July of 2012, according to what the forensic doctor has told us,” the statement read.
“Maria is gone, but she has left us a very clear message of joy and hope, which is helping the family move on in these moments.”
de Villota’s death has rocked the Formula One world during the Japanese Grand Prix weekend, with many drivers and teams paying tribute to the Spanish driver who McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh called “an inspiration.”
Her accident last July left her with severe head injuries and resulted in the loss of her right eye, ending her motorsport career. However, de Villota appeared in the paddock at the Spanish Grand Prix back in May and was a beloved member of the Formula One family.
Drivers and teams will hold a minute’s silence before this weekend’s race in memory of the Spaniard.
Acura, Corvette and Lexus teams were the winners in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship points standings and results from Sunday’s Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
Leading the way for the overall title were the DPi duo of Ricky Taylor and Helio Castroneves. The Acura No. 7 drivers earned their third consecutive victory for Team Penske, which last won three straight sports car races during the 2007 American Le Mans Series.
Other class winners at the Lexington, Ohio, road course were the No. 3 Corvette C8.R of Jordan Taylor and Antonio Garcia in GTLM and the No. 14 Lexus RC F GT3 of Jack Hawksworth and Aaron Telitz in GTD.
Here are the race stats, points and results from the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race at Mid-Ohio:
RESULTS: Click here for the overall finishing order and here for the class breakdown.
POINTS: In the DPi division, the No. 10 Cadillac of Ryan Briscoe and Renger van der Zande lead the points standings. No. 3 Corvette drivers Taylor and Garcia are tops in GTLM.
In GTD, the No. 86 Acura NSX GT3 of Mario Farnbacher and Matt McMurry leads the points over Telitz and Hawksworth.
STATS PACKAGE FOR MID-OHIO:
Fastest laps by driver
Fastest laps by driver after race (over the weekend)
Fastest laps by driver and class after race
Fastest lap sequence
Race analysis by lap
Best sector times
NEXT: The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will race with its GT divisions Oct. 9-10 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval.