Tuesday 16 January 2018

Formula One: Maria De Villota sustains 'life-threatening injuries' testing Marussia car

Marussia test driver Maria de Villota was injured during a test session at RAF Duxford
Marussia test driver Maria de Villota was injured during a test session at RAF Duxford

Emily Benammar

MARUSSIA’S Spanish test driver Maria De Villota has been "seriously injured" in an accident while driving the team's F1 car.

Marussia's test driver was hurt after her car hit a stationary lorry parked on the track while straight-line testing at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford.

Emergency services were called to the scene though no information has been released about her condition.

Marrusia immediately released a statement which 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."

As mechanics approached to wheel the car back for service, it accelerated forwards and crashed into the stationary vehicle parked nearby.

The front of the car was said to have been destroyed while witnesses said De Villota's helmet took the bulk of the impact.

She was reportedly motionless for around 15 minutes as paramedics attended to her but moved her hands before being transported to hospital.

East of England 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 Addenbrookes Hospital for further care."

A Cambridgeshire police spokesman said: "We were notified by the ambulance service of a slow-speed crash involving a racing car and a lorry. It looks like the driver has suffered a serious injury and we will be notifying the Health and Safety Executive as it happened on private land."

De Villota, 32, is the daughter of former F1 racer Emilio De Villota.


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