Monday 18 December 2017

F1 woman fights for life after crash

Ben Kendall in London

A WOMAN racing driver is fighting for her life after a crash on a test track.

Maria de Villota (32), a test driver for the Marussia F1 team, was taken to hospital after her car collided with a lorry at Duxford airfield in England.

The accident is said to have happened at low speed after Ms Villota pulled off the track following a lap during which she reached speeds of about 200mph.

Chris Mann, Drivetime presenter on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, witnessed the accident yesterday.

He said: "She got into the car, fired it up and did a test run at probably about 200mph in the rain.

"The car was slightly misfiring but there didn't seem to be any concerns.

"She slowed down but then suddenly, inexplicably accelerated through the crowd and smashed into the side of the truck.

"The top of her car and her helmet seemed to take the brunt of it. She didn't move for about 15 minutes."

Irish Independent

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