De Villota seriously injured
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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To all the **** who are slagging off female drivers.... google SABINE SCHMITZ and VICKI BUTLER HENDERSON. And by the way I am male!!!!!!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.