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Update: Maria De Villota Loses An Eye In F1 Testing Crash


Maria De Villota - image courtesy of Marussia F1

Maria De Villota - image courtesy of Marussia F1

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On Tuesday we brought you the news that Marussia F1 test driver Maria De Villota had been critically injured in a testing crash at Britain’s Duxford Airfield. After completing a shakedown lap, De Villota was slowing to enter the pits when the car suddenly accelerated, striking the rear lift gate of a parked support truck.

A statement on the Marussia F1 website advises that the driver received serious head and facial injuries in the crash, and that despite the best efforts of the surgical team, doctors were unable to save the Spanish driver’s right eye.

De Villota remains in critical but stable condition, and the extent of her other injuries are unknown at this time. The Marussia F1 team has praised the efforts of the first responders at Duxford Airfield and the doctors at Addenbrooke Hospital, and says it has been “overwhelmed” by messages of support for Maria and her family.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation, with the focus being on the car’s anti-stall system. Anti-stall systems are designed to keep the engine running in the event of a spin, and are activated when wheel speed drops below a set threshold value.
The systems are designed to disengage the clutch, making De Villota’s accident that much more puzzling.

We wish De Villota and her family all the best during her recovery.
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  1. Oh god. This is so sad. I wish her a speedy recovery and hope to god her career in motorsport is not completely over.
     
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  2. @Damien, her career as an F1 driver is likely finished, but I sincerely hope that she carries on in motorsports. Coming back from an injury like that would be hugely inspirational, on par with Felipe Massa and even Alex Zanardi.
     
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  3. I wish her a speedy recovery! This is such a sad news!
     
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  4. I have to admit I didn't know who she was until I read this, but I hope she is ok and wish her all the best. Not many female personalities in F1 and that should change... but not so much hehe
     
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  5. Very sad(( She is so pretty. And like no one else she didn't deserve it. I will look forward for this news updates.
     
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