De Villota continues recovery in Oviedo
1 August 2012 – María de Villota was in hospital in northern Spain on Tuesday in order to continue her recovery from the crash which had almost taken her life five weeks earlier. The 32-year-old Marussia reserve driver had previously been located in Cambridge and Madrid.
As a result of the freak accident, which involved the low Formula 1 car colliding with the tail lift of a lorry which pierced the driver’s helmet visor, de Villota suffered serious facial injuries and lost her right eye. Upon returning to Spain, she was admitted to the La Paz University Hospital in Madrid, which she left last week with no neurological damage.
According to La Nueva España newspaper of Asturias, de Villota is now in Oviedo and being treated at Instituto Oftalmologico Fernandez-Vega, a specialist eye clinic. She has been seen walking from the car park to the hospital doors without assistance, bearing scars as a result of the accident.
On 16 July, Marussia released a statement explaining that internal investigations had revealed that the car suffered no malfunction to cause the accident.