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Marussia rule out car as factor in De Villota accident 16 Jul 2012

Maria De Villota (ESP) Marussia F1 Third Driver.
Formula One World Championship, Rd6, Monaco Grand Prix, Practice Day, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Thursday, 24 May 2012 Maria de Villota (ESP) Marussia F1 test driver walks the circuit.
Formula One World Championship, Rd5, Spanish Grand Prix, Preparations, Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, 10 May 2012

Marussia have completed a detailed investigation into Maria De Villota’s testing crash at the UK’s Duxford Airfield two weeks ago and have concluded that the car did not play a role in the accident.

De Villota sustained serious head and facial injuries after her car veered into the rear of a Marussia support truck during a straight-line test, her first for the team, and continues to recover in Addenbrooke's hospital in Cambridge.

Marussia conducted their own comprehensive analysis of the accident and an autonomous, external forensic investigation was also commissioned and carried out at Duxford and with the team at their technical centre in Banbury.

As is normal procedure, Marussia’s findings have been shared with the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), the independent UK regulator which acts in the public interest in respect of work-related accidents.

“We are satisfied that the findings of our internal investigation exclude the car as a factor in the accident,” said team principal John Booth. “We have shared and discussed our findings with the HSE for their consideration as part of their ongoing investigation. This has been a necessarily thorough process in order to understand the cause of the accident.

“We have now concluded our investigatory work and can again focus on the priority, which continues to be Maria’s wellbeing. In that regard, we continue to support Maria and the De Villota family in any way we can.”