De Villota in talks for Formula One test seat


Maria de Villota's management is in talks to secure the 31-year-old a test driver seat in Formula One.

Maria de Villota tested the 2009 Lotus Renault
Maria de Villota tested the 2009 Lotus Renault

The Renault team on Thursday confirmed reports the daughter of former Spanish F1 driver Emilio de Villota recently made her F1 test debut in a 2009 car at Paul Ricard.

Spain's AS newspaper said it was the "beginning of a journey that could take Maria to the grands prix".

"The ultimate goal is to reach the grid and it's a shorter term project than you might think," added the report.

De Villota is quoted as saying: "I've always wanted to reach Formula One and after this test I know more clearly than ever that I can do it, I can drive a F1 car.

"Physically and as a driver I'm at my best, so I have to use it. We are working on it already. It will not be overnight, but we have to do it soon," she added.

Renault said di Villota completed 300 kilometres at a "very reasonable pace", with team boss Eric Boullier adding that she did not "put a foot wrong all day".

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Emilio de Villota , Maria de Villota
Tags de villota, lotus renault