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Marussia's De Villota returns home to Spain 21 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

Seventeen days after sustaining serious head and facial injuries in a testing accident at the UK’s Duxford Airfield, Marussia test driver Maria De Villota has returned home to her native Spain.

In a statement released by Marussia, the team confirmed that De Villota left Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge on Friday and travelled directly to Spain.

“Over the course of the past two weeks, Maria has made significant progress,” said Marussia. “More comfortable and familiar surroundings, plus the support of her wider family and friends, will undoubtedly provide a more conducive environment in which Maria 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 Maria and her family and provide any assistance possible during the coming months.”

The exact cause of the accident, in which De Villota collided with the rear of a team support truck, has yet to be revealed, though Marussia have ruled out the car as a contributing factor.