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Maria De Villota back in the paddock at Barcelona

She added that support from some of the current drivers on the F1 grid such as Fernando Alonso and Sergio Perez had been a real boost for her during her recovery.

"I spoke with Fernando, I spoke with Checo," she said. "When you are in the hospital, and you get their support, it was so important for me. Because you feel this tiny, you feel so small in that moment. You feel that you're not worth it."

If nothing else, then her warm welcome from the F1 paddock this weekend will certainly have assured her that she's been much missed over the last year.



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