De Villota returns home to Spain
21 July 2012 – María de Villota is back at home in Spain following her freak testing accident in England on 3 July. The Marussia reserve driver, who has lost her right eye, had been housed in a Cambridge hospital since the incident at Duxford Airfield.
De Villota suffered serious facial and head injuries when the car crashed into the lowered tail lift of a support truck, which pierced the visor of her helmet. The exact cause of the accident has not been confirmed, although Marussia has already said that internal investigations revealed no car problems.
Saturday morning’s Marussia statement reads:
‘Over the course of the past two weeks, María has made significant progress. More comfortable and familiar surroundings, plus the support of her wider family and friends, will undoubtedly provide a more conducive environment in which María can commence the next phase of her recovery.
The Marussia F1 Team have remained in close contact with the medical team at Addenbrooke's Hospital since Maria's admittance and would like to express their gratitude for the remarkable care and attention that she has received there.
The Marussia F1 Team - the staff, race drivers Timo Glock and Charles Pic and all those associated with the Team - wish Maria well with the next stage of her recovery. The management team will continue to liaise closely with María and her family and provide any assistance possible during the coming months.’
The accident, which happened on the Tuesday before the British Grand Prix, came as a shock to the entire Formula 1 community which is continually sending the 32-year-old messages through social networking websites.