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Lady F1 driver Maria De Villota loses right eye after accident

Lady F1 driver Maria De Villota loses right eye after accident image

Text: / Photos: Marussia F1 Team | posted July 05, 2012 13:00

A further update following Maria De Villota's accident

Following reports that Spanish race car driver and Marussia F1 team test driver Maria De Villota got into a serious accident and has sustatined life-threatening injuries last Tuesday, July 3 at approximately 9:15am. The Marussia F1 Team provided further update on her medical condition and stated that De Villota's right eye has been surgically removed and that she remains in a critical but stable condition.

John Booth, Team Principal of the Marussia F1 Team said “Maria’s care and the wellbeing of her family remain our priority at this time. Her family are at the hospital and we are doing everything possible to support them. We ask for everyone’s patience and understanding with regard to updates on Maria’s condition. We will provide further information when it is appropriate to do so and with consideration for her family.”

“With regard to the accident, we have embarked on a very comprehensive analysis of what happened and this work continues for the moment."

The accident happened during the end of her first installation run with the team's MR-01 race car at Duxford Airfield and involved an impact with the team’s support truck.