Maria de Villota left hospital, returns to Spain image

Marussia F1 Team test driver Maria De Villota who lost an eye in antesting accident earlier this month, has left hospital in the UK and returned to her native Spain.

“Maria left Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge yesterday (20 July) and returned directly to Spain,” a Marussia statement read.

De Villota, 32, required two operations after suffering serious facial and head injuries following a crash into the back of a stationary vehicle at Duxford Airfield in Cambridgeshire.

While the exact circumstances of the crash have yet to be revealed, Marussia team principal, John Booth, said: ‘We are satisfied the findings of our internal investigation exclude the car as a factor in the accident.’

The results of Marrusia’s findings, and those of another independent forensic body, have been passed onto the Health and Safety executive who are conducting their own probe into the crash.

De Villota, the daughter of former Spanish Formula One driver Emilio De Villota, was given a test drive by Renault last year and had previously raced in Spanish Formula Three and the Daytona 24 Hours.
Women drivers remain a rarity in Formula One.