Maria de Villota’s family express gratitude for ‘love and support’ after horrific crash image

Maria de Villota remains in a critical but stable condition at Addenbrooke’s Hospital two days after her accident.

The sister of Maria De Villota has revealed her family have been overwhelmed by the expression of ‘love and support’ in the wake of an accident this week that robbed the Marussia test driver of sight in her right eye.

“We remain positive and this is due, in no small part, to the overwhelming expression of love and support for Maria from every corner of the world.

“We would also wish to thank everyone at the Marussia F1 Team for all the care and attention they have shown us over the past few days.”

Ferrari ace Fernando Alonso said he had been left “completely shocked” by the accident, which left the Marussia team member fighting for life with serious head and facial injuries.

Fellow Ferrari driver Felipe Massa, who was involved in an F1 accident during qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix in 2009, also offered his support.

“She has 100 percent of my support. I suffered similar injuries, and thank God nothing happened to me,” he told reporters.

“The most important thing is to understand what happened. The FIA need to understand as well, to put everything in place for maximum safety that we need to have.”

The Marussia team yesterday began the business of attempting to focus on this weekend’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone just 48 hours after the tragic incident at Duxford Airfield on Tuesday.