Racing driver Maria de Villota found dead in hotel room
Former Spanish Formula One driver Maria de Villota is pictured ahead of the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne, on March 15, 2012
"I have just found out. It is a very hard to take. There is no explanation for what has happened," he told Spanish National Radio.
"She was a great person and an example for everyone."
De Villota, daughter of former Formula 1 driver Emilio De Villota, lost her right eye in a crash while testing for the Marussia team at Duxford Airfield in Cambridgeshire in 2012.
"Maria has left us. She had to go to the sky like all the angels. I give thanks to God for the extra year and a half he left her with us," read a message from her family posted on De Villota's Facebook page.