De Villota family thanks fans for support
6 July 2012 – The family of María de Villota have thanked the fans of Formula 1 for their support following the Spaniard’s shocking accident on Tuesday. While testing for Marussia in England, the 32-year-old ran into a stationary lorry and has lost her right eye.
The precise cause of the crash is still being investigated, but the loading tray of the support truck pierced the helmet visor of de Villota, inflicting serious injurious. With the F1 community in shock, she is still in a Cambridge hospital in a ‘critical but stable’ state.
“María remains in a critical but stable condition here at Addenbrooke’s Hospital,” explained Isabel de Villota, sister to María. “While there is no further news than that at present, we have at least been able to take encouragement from the fact that María has remained stable throughout since the accident, particularly during the first night following such a lengthy surgical procedure as she experienced (Wednesday).
“We, the family, are supporting each other here at María’s side and we take great comfort from the remarkable medical care she has been receiving. We remain positive and this is due, in no small part, to the overwhelming expression of love and support for María from every corner of the world.
"We would also wish to thank everyone at the Marussia F1 Team for all of the care and attention they have shown us over the past few days.”
At Silverstone, regular Marussia racer Timo Glock is now back in action after missing the European Grand Prix because of an intestinal infection.