Terrible news to report overnight on Maria de Villota’s condition, with the team announcing that the 32-year-old has lost her right eye following her freak accident in testing on Tuesday at Duxford Airfield.
The Spaniard underwent a lengthy surgical procedure “to address the serious head and facial injuries [she] sustained” when she struck a stationary lorry on the side of the airfield’s runway, according to a statement issued by Marussia Racing.
“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,” Marussia team principal John Booth in the statement.
“However it is with great sadness that I must report that, due to the injuries she sustained, Maria has lost her right eye.
“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.
“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.”
Maria remains far from in the clear and the next few days will give more details as to th extent of her injuries. She remains in a critical, but stable, condition.