Female F1 driver in hospital after F1 accident image

Maria de Villota, a test driver for the Marussia F1 team, has been taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries after a crash during a straight-line test at Duxford airfield.

East of England Ambulance Service spokesman Gary Sanderson said:

A woman has sustained life threatening injuries and following treatment at the scene by paramedics, she has been taken to Addenbrookes Hospital for further care.

The team’s only female driver is Maria De Villota, 32, originally from Madrid, who has been racing since 1998.

This morning, the team’s official Twitter account confirmed testing would take place at Duxford.
BBC Cambridgeshire presenter Chris Mann, who witnessed the crash, said the car had completed a circuit when it “suddenly accelerated” into the back of the lorry.

“From where I was standing it looked like the helmet took the brunt of the impact,” he said.
“The car hit a lorry which had been used to take it to the track. Villota is believed to be seriously injured,” the report said.

Timo Glock and Charles Pic are the team’s usual race drivers.

Police said that as the incident happened on private land it is likely any investigation will be done by the Health and Safety Executive.


“At approximately 09.15hrs BST this morning, the Marussia F1 Team’s Test Driver Maria De Villota had an accident in the team’s MR-01 race car at Duxford Airfield where she was testing the car for the first time. The accident happened at the end of her first installation run and involved an impact with the team’s support truck.

“Maria has been transferred to hospital. Once her medical condition has been assessed a further statement will be issued.”