Updated: 05/07/2012 23:02 | By pa.press.net

De Villota loses eye after accident



Marussia's Maria De Villota has lost her right eye following an accident on Tuesday

Marussia's Maria De Villota has lost her right eye following an accident on Tuesday

Marussia test driver Maria De Villota has lost her right eye in the wake of Tuesday's accident at Duxford Airfield.

The 32-year-old Spaniard is described as being in a "critical but stable" condition after undergoing considerable overnight surgery at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.

Team principal John Booth said: "Maria emerged from theatre at Addenbrooke's Hospital this morning after a lengthy operation to address the serious head and facial injuries she received in the accident. However, it is with great sadness I must report that, due to the injuries she sustained, Maria has lost her right eye."

Booth added: "We are grateful for the medical attention that Maria has been receiving and her family would like to thank the neurological and plastics surgical teams."

De Villota, who joined Marussia as test driver in March, was taking part in her first test for the team, a straight-line aero at the old Second World War site. De Villota had just completed her initial installation run when her car ran into the tailgate of a support truck at around 20-30mph, which was at such a height to inflict the head trauma.

Initially her injuries were described as "life-threatening" by an ambulance service spokesman, only for more encouraging statements to follow later on as De Villota was reported to be conscious.

Marussia have now confirmed, however, surgery began on Tuesday afternoon, with De Villota in theatre until Wednesday morning.

Booth added: "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.

"In the meantime, we would all like to take this opportunity to praise the emergency services at Duxford Airfield, who were on stand-by yesterday, as is usual procedure for a Formula One test. Finally, we have been overwhelmed by messages of support for Maria, her family and the team and we would like to express our sincere gratitude for those."

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04/07/2012 18:52
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So sorry to hear this news, condolences to her and all her family. At least it looks like she will make a recovery, albeit less an eye, from this accident. Of course thanks to the medical team for all their efforts. Better to be without one eye than the worse case scenario.
04/07/2012 19:20
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So sorry to hear that news the thoughts of every f1 fan is with maria and her family,  don't give up your dreams.                          
04/07/2012 22:30
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Is this a time to make jokes about female drivers ? the loss of an eye, is a tremendous crisis, for any one to go through. Shame, on you all, if you think this is a subject for joking. I wish the lady, a speedy recovery.
04/07/2012 19:15
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Very sad to hear this. Get well soon Maria 
04/07/2012 19:05
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What a sad ending to her first test run. Obviously qualified to be doing such testing in F1, the loss of her right eye will now end her career in racing. Get well soon, Maria, your made of strong stuff, and best wishes for a speedy recovery. 
04/07/2012 22:10
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What a very twattish thing to say Michael Cockshutt, honestly what a ****!!

This girls dream is over in an lnstant and that is a shame as there should be more women in this sport. At least you have your life Maria, get well soon!

04/07/2012 19:12
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not very good news for this young lady  hope every thing go,s well with the rest of her injuries  and recover very quick    all the best to you if you read this or some one passes this on to you     (COLIN)
04/07/2012 21:44
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Wishing you a speedy recovery. Our thoughts are with you, your family & team Marussia. A very big thank you to the medical team on site at Duxford & at Addenbrooke's Hospital. :) x
04/07/2012 19:02
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Terribly sorry to hear of your plight Maria. I pray your recovery is swift and you achieve your dreams and potential, regardless! Be very strong! You are in our prayers!!

 

ME!

 

04/07/2012 22:19
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Why all the thumbs down? for saying michael cockhead is a tw@t.

 

 

 

04/07/2012 19:09
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Poor woman, I pray you will get well soon
04/07/2012 20:36
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Although her Formula 1 Career my be over, it's just good news to hear that her condition doesn't seem to be deteriorating. Best wishes to Maria and her family.
05/07/2012 01:30
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Keep your faith Maria!
Many good people are keeping you in their thoughts and prayers!
God bless x

04/07/2012 22:14
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how insensitive, ma\ybe next time you won't see the lorry that brakes in front of you because your head will be so far up your own arse and people will be saying the same about you, going to fast, driving to close etc, etc
04/07/2012 21:09
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poor girl may god bless her prayers are with her and her family
04/07/2012 22:42
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inventive ? order yourself a coffen arse bandit, woman lost her eye and her carrier, and you make a joke about it , get a life black heart
04/07/2012 21:24
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Wish her a  fast recovery and all the best in the future.
04/07/2012 19:42
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Very sad to hear this. Get well soon Maria
04/07/2012 21:03
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This is just so disheartening. However, one is certain that  Ms. De Villota is of robust character and hardy spirit and, therefore, expects that she will overcome this setback to regain much of her former excellent physiological state.

 

Go Maria.

05/07/2012 08:36
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Get Well Soon Maria and wish you a speedy recovery!!

 

When you look at her career and what series she has raced in/competed in /been apart of, she is a good driver and obviously has potential and Marussia were giving her that opportunity.

 

For people asking about why the support truck was on the track, it wasnt, the truck was in a 'pit-area' that had been created. Maria had completed her installation lap and was coming back into the pits when the accident happened. Early reports say that the 'anti-stall' device kicked in on the car which accellerated the car into the tailgate lift part of the support truck.

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