Facial and head injuries for de Villota
3 July 2012 – María de Villota suffered injuries to her face and head as a freak accident curtailed Marussia’s aerodynamic test in England on Tuesday. After the 32-year-old collided with the tail lift of a support truck, her welfare was very much feared for by the F1 community as an ambulance escorted the Spaniard to a hospital in Cambridge.
The crash did not occur during the straight-line test at Duxford Airfield, but as de Villota – driving the car for the first time - returned towards team members at the end of a run. The precise cause remains unknown. The Madrid driver was looked after by the Magpas Helimedix medical crew, who rushed her to hospital in a land ambulance.
A statement from the emergency medical charity reads as follows:
‘The Magpas team were called to Duxford Airfield and arrived at 10:20 this morning, after a Formula 1 car collided (at slow speed) with a lorry tail lift. The Helimedix assessed the patient, who suffered facial and head injuries, they administered pain relief – as they worked alongside an EEAST Ambulance Crew who were also at the scene.
On arrival at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, the woman was in a stable condition.’
Marussia is expected to release a second official statement later today.
Latest development on Tuesday:
De Villota conscious in Cambridge hospital