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Emilio de Villota

Emilio de Villota. Copyright LAT Photographic (www.latphoto.co.uk), 2010. Used with permission.

Emilio de Villota. Copyright LAT Photographic 2010. Used with permission.

Emilio de Villota, Belgian Grand Prix, Spa, 2008. Copyright Carlos Ghys, 2012. Used with Permission.

Emilio de Villota, Belgian Grand Prix, Spa, 2008. Copyright Carlos Ghys, 2012. Used with Permission.

Born:

26 Jul 1946
Madrid

Nationality:

Spain

Grands Prix:

2 (1976-1982)

F2 starts:

2 (1983)

Still races, albeit rarely, mostly in Spain, in historic races. Lives in Madrid and both his children became racing drivers in lower formulae, but daughter Maria was badly injured in a 2012 Formula 1 testing crash at Duxford, losing an eye. She then tragically died in 2013 as a result of the crash. Emilio, however has remained in the sport despite this, and he still runs a racing school and had a Formula 3.5 V8 team as well as being involved in an EuroFormula Open team and since 2016, with Teo Martin, an International GT Open team Championship, although his son of the same name has more involvement with these teams. Emilio also does a bit of TV broadcasting and helps with Maria's legacy and charities which formed after her death.

Biography last updated 27 Feb 2018