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Marussia's De Villota remains critical but stable 04 Jul 2012

Maria De Villota (ESP) Marussia Test and Development Driver.
Formula One World Championship, Rd3, Chinese Grand Prix Practice, Shanghai, China, Friday, 13 April 2012

Following Maria De Villota’s accident at Duxford in the UK on Tuesday, Marussia have released a further update on the medical condition of their test driver.

De Villota was taken from the airfield to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge and a surgical team embarked on a lengthy operation to address the serious head and facial injuries she sustained. The Spaniard, who has lost her right eye as a result of the crash, remains in a critical but stable condition.

Marussia team principal John Booth, with the consent and support of De Villota’s family, said: “We are grateful for the medical attention that Maria has been receiving and her family would like to thank the Neurological and Plastics surgical teams. However it is with great sadness that I must report that, due to the injuries she sustained, Maria has lost her right eye.

“Maria’s care and the wellbeing of her family remain our priority at this time. Her family are at the hospital and we are doing everything possible to support them. We ask for everyone’s patience and understanding with regard to updates on Maria’s condition. We will provide further information when it is appropriate to do so and with consideration for her family.

“In the meantime, we would all like to take this opportunity to praise the emergency services at Duxford Airfield, who were on stand-by yesterday, as is usual procedure for a Formula One test. With regard to the accident, we have embarked on a very comprehensive analysis of what happened and this work continues for the moment.

“Finally, we have been overwhelmed by messages of support for Maria, her family and the Team and we would like to express our sincere gratitude for those.”

De Villota was taking part in her first test with Marussia after joining the team in March.