The Grand Prix Drivers' Association has confirmed that the F1 grid will hold a minute of silence in memory of Maria de Villota ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix.

The Spaniard, who was a Marussia test driver in 2012, died in her sleep at the start of the weekend, the result of neurological injuries incurred in a crash she suffered while making her debut with the team at RAF Duxford last year.

de Villota's death rocked the F1 paddock at Suzuka, and the GPDA confirmed that the winner's podium would also be dedicated to her memory.

"Her positive attitude, maturity and extreme commitment will never be forgotten and are something we have learned from," a statement from the drivers' organisation said, "Maria will be missed and always remembered by all of us."

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