Maria De Villota joins Marussia

By on Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Maria de Villota

Marussia has announced that Maria De Villota has joined the team as a test driver for the 2012 team.

De Villota, 32, became the first woman to test a Formula One car last year since Katherine Legge in 2005.

The Spaniard is unlikely to take part in practice sessions for the Russian team, although is all but confirmed for the young driver test in Abu Dhabi at the end of the season.

"I am very happy to be joining the Marussia F1 Team test driver programme," she said.

"This is a fantastic opportunity to work closely with a Formula 1 team and gain important experience to help me progress my career, including the chance to drive the new car later in the year at the Abu Dhabi test.

"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 1 racing."

Team boss John Booth said: "We are pleased to welcome Maria to our test driver programme, which will enable her to be integrated into a Formula 1 team environment and gain a vast amount of experience that will be useful to her career progression.

"We will also provide Maria with the opportunity to sample F1 machinery later in the year, further adding to her racing credentials."

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