Marussia F1 Driver Maria de Villota loses right eye after crashJuly 7, 2012 by: Nishant Panwar
Maria de Villota is a Spanish racer that is used by the F1 team Marussia. The 32 year old Maria had joined Marussia back in March this year, being its first full schedule female driver since 1992. The F1 team used her as a test pilot.
The shocking news that was revealed from the Marussia pit was that she has lost her right eye and will continue to require medical car after she had suffered a strange crash a few days ago.
Reports say that she was out on the Duxford Airfield in Cambridgeshire, north of London, testing the F1 car as a part of straight line series of runs. As she approached the end of a run and was slowing down, her car surged forward and unluckily hit the teams transport truck. Although the speed was slow but the impact was right on her head as she hit the truck directly with her head.
As the impact was direct, the helmet also couldn’t provide much of the protections causing serious injuries.
“Maria emerged from theatre at Addenbrooke’s Hospital this morning after a lengthy operation to address the serious head and facial injuries she received in the accident at Duxford Airfield yesterday,” John Booth, Team Principal of the Marussia F1 Team said.
“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. However it is with great sadness that I must report that, due to the injuries she sustained, Maria has lost her right eye,” the executive explained.
Marussia is now investigating the accident, as nobody can explain as to why the car suddenly accelerated and hit the truck causing the mishap to happen.