De Villota awake and talking to family
8 July 2012 – Following her shocking accident on Tuesday, Marussia reserve driver María de Villota has now woken up in hospital and talked to her family. The 32-year-old has lost her right eye and remains in a ‘serious but stable’ condition on Sunday evening.
Having driven a 2010 Renault chassis at Paul Ricard last year, Tuesday marked Marussia’s latest straight-line aerodynamic test and the first time the Madrid driver had piloted the team’s 2012 car. The incident occurred when de Villota crashed into the back of a stationary support truck, with its loading tray piecing the driver’s helmet.
“It has been a tough weekend for everyone in the team, but we can be pleased with the job we have done here at Silverstone and also encouraged by the positive signs we are seeing with María,” Team Principal John Booth said after the British Grand Prix.
The exact cause of the accident, which took place at Duxford Airfield, is yet to be revealed. De Villota remains in the Addenbrooke’s Hospital of Cambridge.