Marussia signs female test driver

Female driver Maria de Villota has signed on as a test driver with the Marussia team. The Spaniard, whose father is the former F1 driver Emilio de Villota, tested a Renault last year at Paul Ricard.

She will initially “work with racing drivers operating at the pinnacle of the sport and, later in the year, (get) the chance to drive the MR01,” the former Virgin team announced in a statement. The team said she will do the Abu Dhabi young drivers’ test near the end of the season.

De Villota, 32, has previously raced in Spanish F3, Superleague and the Daytona 24 hours.

“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,” she said.