Critically injured driver María de Villota has made further progress in her recovery after her career-ending accident last week while on her maiden test drive for the Marussia F1 team, the Sheffield-based outfit has announced.
The 32-year-old suffered life-threatening head injuries after a freak accident during a routing straight-line test session at Duxford Airfield last week, in which she collided with one of the team’s freight trucks parked on the side of the runway.
De Villota sadly lost the use of her right eye, and has undergone two operations to help treat the extensive facial injuries she suffered in the collision.
Marussia team principal John Booth has since announced that De Villota has been taken out of her induced coma and spoken with members of her family for the first time since the crash.
Her family has also confirmed that she has since been removed from the intensive care unit at the Cambridge hospital where she has been receiving treatment.
However, his sister Isabel has warned that the next few days will be very important.
“The coming days will be crucial for her recovery and to determine the extent of the consequences (of her injuries),” she told the Spanish media.
Nonetheless, this is still great news as to her progress, and we wish her a continued recovery.