Updated: 03/07/2012 12:58 | By pa.press.net

De Villota seriously injured



Marussia test driver Maria De Villota was seriously injured in a crash

Marussia test driver Maria De Villota was seriously injured in a crash

Marussia test driver Maria De Villota has been taken to hospital with "life-threatening injuries" after suffering an accident in Cambridgeshire.

The 32-year-old Spaniard was taking part in her first test for the Formula One team at Duxford Airfield when she crashed into a support truck after completing her opening installation lap.

After treatment by trackside paramedics, De Villota was taken to the local Addenbrooke's Hospital, where a spokesman later confirmed she was being attended to in the accident and emergency department.

In a statement, ambulance service spokesman Gary Sanderson said: "A woman has sustained life-threatening injuries and, following treatment at the scene by paramedics, she has been taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital for further care."

A Marussia team statement read: "At approximately 09.15hrs BST this morning, the Marussia F1 Team's Test Driver Maria De Villota had an accident in the team's MR-01 race car at Duxford Airfield where she was testing the car for the first time.

"The accident happened at the end of her first installation run and involved an impact with the team's support truck.

"Maria has been transferred to hospital. Once her medical condition has been assessed a further statement will be issued."

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03/07/2012 16:56
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For all the muppets out there that are interpreting this story wrong (in part due to the reporting by MSN) from other sources Maria had come to a stop before the car suddenly lurched forward. It sounds like the anti-stall kicked in whilst the car was in gear resulting in the car accelarating forwards or a technical problem with the car. Either way it was a horrible accident that has absolutely nothing to do with gender. She has proved her worth and earned the position she is in. F1 is not the kind of sport where they give people a go just for equality's sake. You have to earn your spot. This driver earned that spot.
03/07/2012 15:05
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To all the **** who are slagging off female drivers.... google SABINE SCHMITZ and VICKI BUTLER HENDERSON. And by the way I am male!!!!!!

03/07/2012 16:13
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For all you MORON'S who doubt that women should not be in F1, just read the statistics below:

In the fifties Maria Teresa de Filipps (Italian) drove for Maserati & Behra-Porche

In the seventies Lella Lombardi (Italian) drove for March, RAM & Williams

In the seventies Divina Galica (British) drove for Surtees & Hesketh Racing

In the early eighties Desire Wilson (South Africa) drove for Williams

In the nineties Giovanna Amati (Italian) drove for Brabham

 

Perhaps there should be more respect from you idiots!

Get well soon Maria

 

03/07/2012 14:23
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Hope she makes a full recovery. as for the nasty comments you people should be ashamed of yourselves your sick.
03/07/2012 16:26
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Yogi Bear...Tut..Tut...Tut....Why shouldn't women drive F1 cars, they serve & die in uniform just as men do, some are brick layers, accountants, etc, etc.    One thing they don't seem to be are utter morons, they seem to have left that pastime to fools like you.   It would appear that you write your predominately idiotic comments to garner response.   Whilst this may appear to you as funny.  It is obvious by the responses you receive that you are both a Neanderthal and devoid of even the basic social skills.   Pity is the only thing you truly deserve, however, being an utterly feeble brained dimwit I doubt you would even understand the meaning of the word!!  So I suggest that you return back to whatever world your grey matter, that's assuming you have any, which in itself is debatable, lurks and play with yourself, or your mummy or your sister or your blow up doll... or whatever passes as amusement.

 

I, like many others, wish Maria De Villota a full and speedy recovery.

03/07/2012 15:44
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Best wishes to Maria. The people who write bad comments about her are the people who are jealous of her having a job as a Test Driver in Formula 1.
03/07/2012 14:46
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Everybody who blames the incident purely on the fact that she is a woman is stupid. There was a technical problem with the car, which caused the accelerator to suddenly jam on. This is a car issue and a car issue only. I wish her well in hospital.

03/07/2012 14:56
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As a massive F1 fan i'm sadden to hear of this bad crash to Maria i wish her well and a full recovery my thoughts are with her best wishes
03/07/2012 13:29
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i hope shes ok . our thoughts and prayers go out to her and everyone connected to her. x
03/07/2012 15:25
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Hope you get well soon hun, all our thoughts & prayers are with you & i've just said a little prayer for you, even though not religious.


It takes a lot of strength & determination to do what you do, so use the same strength to get through this, & ignore the nasty sexiest comments on here. 

03/07/2012 15:01
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Wishes Maria quick recovery....and if women have the skill and aptitude for being in F1 then fair play to them they should be in F1
03/07/2012 14:14
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Glad to see that there's only been a couple of 'women drivers' remarks so far! F1 is a dangerous business for anyone, that this accident was able to happen is the most worrying thing. Maria (and indeed any other women driving F1 cars) would have had the same training and fitness regimen as any other F1 test drivers, despite what the likes of Top Gear will have you believe they don't just let anyone in these cars! A male driver would most likely have been similarly injured.

 

Thoughts are with you Maria, wish you a full recovery.

 

 

03/07/2012 13:39
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pull through maria your an inspiration to us girls x
03/07/2012 15:00
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It's a sad day for us Motorsport fans, today. Sergio Pininfarina sadly passes away and now this. Once again, I wish Maria a full recovery.
03/07/2012 14:13
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I pray  that this young woman recovers well.

03/07/2012 14:03
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What by Jove was that truck doing around?  Anyway, here again we can experience the dangers of motor-sports. We will pray for you Maria, hoping that you will come out of this still full of life. God bless you.
03/07/2012 13:26
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I WISH HER ALL THE BEST,HOPE THAT SHE WILL BE OK, I'M SURE SHE WILL BE IN MANY PEOPLES THOUGHTS.
03/07/2012 13:42
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God be with you Maria we do not want anymore deaths in Formula1
03/07/2012 13:34
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All the best maria speedy recovery, i hope Senna will remain the last formula one driver to tragically die in my lifetime, still not got over that. xx
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