Maria De Villota, Marussia F1 Driver, Seriously Injured After Test Run Crash [PHOTOS]

on July 03 2012 9:38 AM
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    Spanish race car driver Maria de Villota was found dead in a hotel room, apparently of natural causes. Courtesy: Marussia
  • Maria De Villota
    Spanish race car driver Maria De Villota is battling for her life after her Formula One race car hit a parked truck at an airfield in eastern England. Courtesy: Marussia
  • Maria De Villota
    Spanish race car driver Maria De Villota is battling for her life after her Formula One race car hit a parked truck at an airfield in eastern England. Courtesy: Marussia
  • Maria De Villota
    Spanish race car driver Maria De Villota is battling for her life after her Formula One race car hit a parked truck at an airfield in eastern England. Courtesy: Marussia
  • Maria De Villota
    Spanish race car driver Maria De Villota is battling for her life after her Formula One race car hit a parked truck at an airfield in eastern England. Courtesy: Marussia
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Spanish race car driver Maria De Villota is battling for her life after her Formula One race car hit a parked truck at an airfield in eastern England.

De Villota's Formula One team, Marussia, released a statement confirming that that she was injured on Tuesday after completing an installation run at Duxford airfield. She was testing the car for the first time.

Maria has been transferred to hospital. Once her medical condition has been assessed a further statement will be issued, the team added.

Furthermore, it's been confirmed by East of England ambulance service spokesman Gary Sanderson that De Villota, who is the daughter of former Formula One driver Emilio de Villota, had sustained life-threatening injuries.

The 32-year-old is at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge, Reuters reported.

The incident involving De Villota took place during a testing accident at Duxford Aerodrome in Cambridgeshire, England.

The driver was reportedly doing straight line tests of the Marussia race car when the vehicle collided with a stationary transporter lorry at the end portion of the test run.

BBC Cambridgeshire presenter Chris Mann, who was at the Imperial War Museum-owned airfield for the straight-line test, said the car inexplicably accelerated into the back of the team's parked support truck.

The driver's helmet was impacted on the side of the truck, he reported. It just happened suddenly, a very shocking incident.

The car slowed down as you see happens during a grand prix, for it to then be reversed into the pits which was actually a tent. But at the last second it just suddenly accelerated again so by the time it hit the truck, it was doing 30 or 40 miles an hour.

Mann went on to explain how De Villota appeared to be not moving for about 10 or 15 minutes.

We saw her move her hands after about a quarter of an hour and it took almost an hour for the ambulance (staff) to feel confident to take her out of the car.

De Villota has competed in World Touring Car Championship and the German Adac Procar Series.

On March 7, it was announced that De Villota had joined Marussia Formula One Team as a test driver, with the opportunity to sample F1 vehicles later in the year.

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