Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Barcelona, 2012

Drivers “devastated” by de Villota crash

2012 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Barcelona, 2012F1 drivers expressed their sympathy for Marussia test driver Maria de Villota who was badly injured in a crash on Tuesday.

De Villota lost her right eye after a crash during a straight-line speed test at Duxford Aerodrome and remains in hospital.

Speaking in the drivers’ press conference at Silverstone Fernando Alonso said: “Obviously we are all very worried with the situation because we are still waiting for some more news.

“We only know what you all know and there’s still some difficult days until the situation is completely clear.

“Sad days, for sure. Complete shock when you heard about the news and how it is possible this happened.

“Obviously we don’t know the whole information and it’s difficult to talk about the reasons until we know the official version. But at the moment it’s so difficult to imagine how this can happen.”

Lewis Hamilton added: “I don’t know her personally but when I read about it I was absolutely devastated for her and her family. I think it’s very tragic.

“Myself and my team we send our warmest wishes her way and hope that she has a speedy recovery and things get better.”

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