There’s been some positive news to report in the wake of Maria de Villota’s testing accident yesterday, with the Marussia driver reported to have regained consciousness in the Addenbrooke’s Hospital, where she is being treated.
The Spanish driver crashed in a freak accident just moments after completing her first-ever installation lap in the team’s MR-01 during a scheduled two-day straight-line aerodynamic test session at Duxford Aerodrome.
Witnesses reported that her car suddenly accelerated after coming to a complete stop outside the team’s temporary pit area, whereupon she collided with a stationary lorry parked nearby.
She is understood to have suffered serious facial and cranial injuries, which were initially described as “life threatening”by treating paramedics and medical officials.
A follow-up statement from the Marussia F1 Team has indicated that the severity of her condition has been downgraded from life threatening, but that the full extent of her injuries will not yet be known.
“Since Maria’s arrival at the hospital at approximately 10.45am this morning, she has been receiving the best medical attention possible at the hospital, which is the region’s major trauma centre,” their statement reads.
“Maria is conscious and medical assessments are ongoing. The team will await the outcome of these assessments before providing further comment. The team’s first priority at this time is Maria and her family.”
We will keep you posted of more news as it comes to hand.