Maria de Villota ‘conscious’ after F1 crash image

Maria de Villota who suffered life-threatening injuries in a F1 crash during testing in Cambridgeshire regained consciousness in hospital.

Maria de Villota, 32, was taking part in her first test for the Oxford-based Marussia F1 team at Duxford airfield in Cambridgeshire when she crashed into a support truck.

The 32-year-old Spanish driver joined the Russian-owned team in March and this was the first time she tested the MR-01 car.

“Maria is conscious and medical assessments are ongoing,” Marussia said in a statement. The team will await the outcome of these assessments before providing further comment.

BBC Cambridgeshire presenter Chris Mann, who was at the Imperial War Museum-owned airfield for the straight-line test ahead of the weekend’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone, said the car had “inexplicably accelerated” into the back of a team transporter and collided with a tail-lift on the truck.

The front of the Marussia car was destroyed in the crash and De Villota’s helmet was seen to hit the side of the truck.

De Villota was reportedly motionless for around 15 minutes as paramedics attended, but was seen to move her hands before being transported to hospital.

Women drivers remain a rarity in Formula One.
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