Test driver 'conscious' after crash
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.
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Sounds nasty just reading it!
Fingers crossed for full and speedy recovery
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
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.
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`ll keep her in my prayers and hope for her to have a quick and complete recovery.