Updated: 03/07/2012 17:11 | By pa.press.net

Test driver 'conscious' after crash

Maria De Villota is being treated at Addenbrooke's Hospital

Maria De Villota is being treated at Addenbrooke's Hospital

Marussia test driver Maria De Villota is conscious after suffering what were initially described as "life-threatening injuries" in a test crash.

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 Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge where it is understood she has been receiving treatment for head and face injuries.

The latest Marussia team statement read: "The team can confirm Maria was transferred by ambulance from Duxford Airfield, where the accident happened, to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.

"Since Maria's arrival at the hospital at approximately 10.45hrs this morning, she has been receiving the best medical attention possible at the hospital, which is the region's major trauma centre.

"Maria is conscious and medical assessments are ongoing. The team will await the outcome of these assessments before providing further comment. The team's first priority at this time is Maria and her family."

De Villota, daughter of retired Formula One driver Emilio, was conducting a straight-line aero test at the old Second World War site.

Early theories behind the accident have suggested the anti-stall mechanism on the car kicked in as she approached a makeshift pit area, propelling her into the truck at around 20-30mph.

It is understood the tailgate had been lowered at the time, and at such a height as for De Villota to sustain head trauma. With emergency services at the scene, De Villota was attended to quickly, initially by fire crews and soon after paramedics.

Although it is believed she was unconscious for around 15 to 20 minutes, Press Association Sport understands De Villota at least regained consciousness and was talking prior to being transferred to Addenbrooke's.

03/07/2012 19:41
Some idiots on here can't resist having a dig at women drivers....it could just have easily have happened to a male test driver. All true F1 and motorsport fans will be thinking of her and sending their best wishes to her family.
03/07/2012 17:53

Sounds nasty just reading it!

Fingers crossed for full and speedy recovery

03/07/2012 19:32
03/07/2012 18:05
Well, at least it sounds like she's getting slightly better. Best wishes to Maria.
03/07/2012 21:37
Now this is just excellent news. One hopes her recovery will be speedy and full.
A terrible accident, let us all hope that you get well soon and are back behind the wheel, doing what you really love. My thoughts are with you and your family, xx
03/07/2012 18:02

Let us all hope that Maria makes a speedy recovery and back behind the wheel very soon doing what she must love. Wishing her all the best



03/07/2012 18:53
Wishing you a speedy recovery and you are able to continue doing the sport you obviously love to do ! From one petrolhead to another !
03/07/2012 20:45
Speedy recovery Maria. Have prayed for you. xx
I hope she recovers well.

From the reports, after the installation lap and slowing down the MR-01 re-accelerated into the truck. A total passanger, and her head/upper body took all the impact according to many F1 sites, its not looking good at all.

Hope she can pull through.
04/07/2012 00:30
get well soon i hope you get well soon and no comments o girl drivers
03/07/2012 19:22
I hope and pray that she makes a speedy recovery , my family and i wish  her all the best our best wishes are with her .
03/07/2012 19:19

What ever were the team thinking leaving a tailgate halfway down, c'mon guys all the way down or all the way up!!!!!!!!!!!!. Shame it had to happen this week of all weeks to a Spanish lady!

Hope she gets better very quickly and can drive again after what must have been a horrendous crash at such a slow pace! 

I love a good joke, but it is not appropriate to make jokes about woman drivers, when this lady is fighting for her life, and also : she could suffer some life time injuries from this awful crash. I am sure her family would be appalled to learn that some people are making jokes about her crash.
04/07/2012 10:43
A tragic accident, lets hope that she will make a full recovery.
04/07/2012 09:26
I wish you all the best in recovery,
04/07/2012 13:38
Thank God she is all right. What a horrific accident and terrible injuries to happen to her.

I`ll keep her in my prayers and hope for her to have a quick and complete recovery.

carl butler;
What was she doing?
she was reversing into a parking space......
04/07/2012 13:09
Bad mistake with that tailgate.
Yes it could have happened to anyone  but on the completely seperate subject of drivers women
and girls should never be allowed in motorsport  be it wings and slicks or karts.
 In karting too many Dads without a son tried to compensate with a daughter.
04/07/2012 13:09
Bad mistake with that tailgate.
Yes it could have happened to anyone  but on the completely seperate subject of drivers women
and girls should never be allowed in motorsport  be it wings and slicks or karts.
 In karting too many Dads without a son tried to compensate with a daughter.
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