De Villota conscious after crash, Marussia confirm

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Maria de Villota, Marussia, Valencia, 2012Marussia have confirmed test driver Maria de Villota is conscious following her crash this morning as she remains in hospital for examination.

The team said in a statement: “Further to the accident involving the Marussia F1 Team?s Test Driver Maria De Villota this morning, the team can confirm that 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 10:45 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.”

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  1. celeste (@celeste) said on 3rd July 2012, 15:22

    Thats good news.

    Best wishes and speed recovery…

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 4th July 2012, 16:04

      It sure is good news. Apparently she was operated in London today to treat some skull fractures, and is now being kept under coma for observation in the next 2 days.

      The last news from Ian Parkes (@ianparkesf1) is that

      Marussia have confirmed Maria De Villota has sadly lost her right eye as a result of yesterday’s accident.

      Poor Maria, I guess that will put an end to racing for her then.

  2. Fer no.65 (@fer-no65) said on 3rd July 2012, 15:23

    Good to hear she’s consicous. I’ve heard she spoke to her family too. So good news.

  3. Magnificent Geoffrey (@magnificent-geoffrey) said on 3rd July 2012, 15:23

    Thank goodness!

  4. Traverse Mark Senior (@) said on 3rd July 2012, 15:28

    The fact that a human being can crash at high speed like this and live to tell the tale is unbelievable. It’s a real testament to the engineers that design these cars.

    • gilles (@gilles) said on 3rd July 2012, 15:32

      Have you been following the news? It was a 30mph crash. Credit to helmet designers for sure

    • Dan Brown (@danbrown180) said on 3rd July 2012, 15:35

      Although I agree with you, she crashed at 30mph… It was more the open cock pit that was the problem (or so it seems)

      • Traverse Mark Senior (@) said on 3rd July 2012, 15:46

        @danbrown180 and @gilles
        I was talking about motorsport crashes in general, like Anthony Davidson and Massa hence why I said “human being” and not Maria de Villota specifically.

        • Traverse Mark Senior (@) said on 3rd July 2012, 15:56

          But admittedly my initial assumption was that it was a high speed crash, as the her injury’s were described as “Life Threatening”.

          • Traverse Mark Senior (@) said on 3rd July 2012, 16:19

            *injuries*
            The article that I read on the Autosport (here’s the link) website didn’t specify the speed that she was travelling, I wrongly assumed that it was a high speed crash as here injuries were described as “Life Threatening”. I should have read more than one article I guess.

      • pSynrg (@psynrg) said on 3rd July 2012, 22:27

        @Dan Brown – I wouldn’t say it was an open cockpit problem more like a lowered loading platform at drivers head height problem.

  5. BasCB (@bascb) said on 3rd July 2012, 15:30

    Good news then!

  6. hamilzurs said on 3rd July 2012, 15:34

    did you read the articles? it wasn’t an high speed crash at all

  7. the_sigman (@sigman1998) said on 3rd July 2012, 15:35

    Huge relief! Get well soon Maria!

  8. Marcus_Fi said on 3rd July 2012, 15:43

    Great news, and best wished for a speedy recovery.

  9. Colossal Squid (@colossal-squid) said on 3rd July 2012, 15:45

    Great stuff. Sounds like the crash (slow as it was) caused less damage as was feared. Hopefully that turns out to be the case!

  10. Maksutov (@maksutov) said on 3rd July 2012, 15:46

    Oh.. thank goodness for that. I would blame team for instructing the driver to park so close to the truck while car is still running under such test conditions, and obviously failing to follow proper hazard and safety procedures. Or failing to direct the driver away from possible hazard or risk area until car is safe to be handeled.

    • MuzzleFlash (@muzzleflash) said on 3rd July 2012, 16:39

      Problem with that being that drivers routinely make similar approaches to over a dozen mechanics during race weekends, which falls within proper safety procedures. A parked vehicle is not a hazard. This was a freak accident and I don’t think it’s correct to blame the team.

      Very relieved to hear this news though. Further credence given to the argument for cockpit protection.

    • who's better who's best said on 3rd July 2012, 18:52

      Its a good job they didn’t instruct her to park next to something like…say…people, then isn’t it, or worst, do a pit stop!

      Let’s wait to see what happened but 100’s of these tests take place without incident, these are proffesional drivers in cars, not monkeys in rocket ships…there should be no reason at all NOT to park a lorry or anything else near an area where the car is to be serviced, its not as if it was on the edge of the runway and she was passing it at 200mph

  11. Girts (@girts) said on 3rd July 2012, 16:00

    Good news, I hope she makes a full recovery and returns in the car as soon as possible. I also hope we can learn from this scary accident and improve the safety in F1 further. Thanks to F1F for the professional reporting during the whole day.

    • Gurji said on 3rd July 2012, 17:27

      +1 agree totally
      Thought would comment to highlight the good point. Expect nothing less tbh, great site.

  12. Slr (@slr) said on 3rd July 2012, 16:02

    Glad to hear this.

  13. GeeMac (@geemac) said on 3rd July 2012, 16:07

    Great news!

  14. Journeyer (@journeyer) said on 3rd July 2012, 16:15

    Great news! May she have a full recovery.

  15. dkpioe said on 3rd July 2012, 16:20

    good news, for a while i was fearing the first fatal accident in f1 since Senna died – and it would have been in the most bizarre/incredible of situations. i am glad it did not happen. this lady is already up against it in the male dominated sport and all the discrimination that comes with it, i hope she gets straight back in the cockpit and keeps trying, i am glad there is a female in f1, and i know it is important with so many young girls these days doing go-karting but a lot of them feeling inferior to their male go-kart competition because they see every top racing driver a male, and they were born female.

    • Drop Valencia! said on 3rd July 2012, 23:54

      I saw a guy get killed at the Melbourne GP when a wheel hit him in the chest, and another marshall died at another race, that I am ashamed to say i can’t even remember where, we should try to remember these guys too.

    • Kimi4WDC said on 4th July 2012, 0:57

      Bit off topic,

      You should visit Drag Racing in Australia, junior category talking about inferiority. You can hardly find any boys :)

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