Sidepodcast // All for F1 and F1 for all

Next race: Australian Grand Prix, Melbourne
F1Minute // Bitesize Formula One news

María de Villota joins Marussia as test driver // F1 gets its latest female F1 driver as María joins the Marussia team

Published by Christine Blachford

María de Villota joins Marussia as test driver
Credit: Renault F1
María de Villota joins Marussia as test driver audio waveform

This is F1Minute - María de Villota joins Marussia as test driver.

Spanish racer María de Villota has become the latest female driver to join Formula One, after the announcement today that Marussia had signed her for a test driver role in 2012. Last year, she participated in a test for the then Renault team, but now has a full season’s opportunity.

Team Principal at Marussia, John Booth, spoke about some of the duties ahead, saying: “We will provide María with the opportunity to sample F1 machinery later in the year, further adding to her racing credentials.”

Those career highlights include Daytona 24 Hours, Superleague Formula and Spanish F3. De Villota also has F1 in her heritage, as her father Emilio de Villota participated in several race weekends in the late 1970s.

María herself says of the role: “I will be joining the team trackside so I’m looking forward to working alongside them at the first race next weekend and this can only help my future ambition to step up to Formula One racing.”

Buy from Amazon - Pocket F1 Handbook: Guide to the 2015 Grand Prix Season

365 F1 stories

Which team confirmed a new Venezuelan driver on this day in 2010, the third driver from that country in F1?

F1 team launches
McLaren HondaOnline29 Jan
Sauber F1 TeamOnline30 Jan
Scuderia FerrariOnline30 Jan
Scuderia Toro RossoJerez, Spain31 Jan
Infiniti Red Bull RacingJerez, Spain1 Feb
Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 TeamJerez, Spain1 Feb
Williams Martini RacingJerez, Spain1 Feb
Lotus F1 TeamJerez, Spain2 Feb
Sahara Force India F1 TeamOnline25 Feb
F1 test schedule
Circuito de JerezSpain1 Feb
Circuito de JerezSpain2 Feb
Circuito de JerezSpain3 Feb
Circuito de JerezSpain4 Feb
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain19 Feb
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain20 Feb
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain21 Feb
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain22 Feb
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain26 Feb
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain27 Feb
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain28 Feb
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain1 Mar

On this day in F1 history