Jordan said that the entire Formula 1 community was saddened by the loss of a person who was recovering well from her crash in 2012.
"She was a wonderful figurehead," Jordan told BBC Sport. "She showed the world how she was going to beat [the setback], find a new life and come back to motor-racing.
"It is a very sombre place here [at the Japanese Grand Prix]. It's a very close community and everyone is thinking about the great sense of loss."
De Villota was in Spain for the launch of her book on Monday.