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Legal case between Maria de Villota and Manor F1 ends in mutual settlement

The two parties reached a settlement four years after her untimely death.

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The family of Maria de Villota has announced that it has reached an agreement with the Manor outfit and it is ending its case against the Formula 1 team.

A dispute was raised that the death of de Villota was the direct result of the injuries she suffered in a freak straightline incident in July 2012 at Duxford Aerodrome.

As a test driver for the Marussia F1 Team, it was her first time in the car for the straightline test in the old airstrip, when she crashed into a stationery truck at the end of a run.

The Spaniard underwent multiple surgeries to repair the damage to her face and skull, in which she lost her right eye, having to wear an eye band.

An official report from the Health and Safety Executive concluded that de Villota hadn't received full training on how to stop the car and that she was caught out by the anti-stall system.

When she attempted to brake, the anti-stall system got activated, pushing her car forward into the tail-lift of the service truck parked.

The statement released on Wednesday read: "The family of Maria de Villota are pleased to say that they have reached agreement in their dispute with the Manor F1 Team following Maria's accident on the 3 July 2012.

"The accident happened for a number of reasons, one of which was that a lorry was parked in the pit area with its tail lift projecting, for which Maria was not at fault.

Manor's spokesperson added: "It was a tragic accident which shocked the team and all who knew her. She is sorely missed."

Paul Tapner from Slater and Gordon commented on behalf of the family that: "This is an important moment, as the family can now put all their efforts into continuing with Maria's Legacy.

"Maria's Legacy is a movement created to give continuity to Maria's solidarity programs focussing primarily on children with neurodegenerative diseases and people with limited financial resources.

"Once again, the family wishes to say thank you to all the fans, friends and others that have supported Maria before and during her career, particularly those who did so after the accident.

"Also to all those who today continue remembering her with her happiness and smile taking care of those most in need."

The agreement comes four years after the death of de Villota at the age of 33-years. She had died from a cardiac arrest in October 2013.

In her career, the Spaniard competed in various series, with the high being a test session with Lotus Renault GP, followed by a test driver role with Marussia in 2012.

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