An F1 test driver injured during a testing session in Cambridgeshire this morning is said to be conscious and undergoing medical assessment.
Maria de Villota, a test driver for the Marussia F1 team, was taken to hospital after her car collided with a lorry.
Gary Sanderson, a spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Service, said: "A woman has sustained life-threatening injuries and following treatment at the scene by paramedics, she has been taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital for further care."
De Villota's team this afternoon released this statement on its website:
– Marussia F1 Team statement
Further to the accident involving the Marussia F1 Team’s Test Driver Maria De Villota this morning, the team can confirm that Maria was transferred by ambulance from Duxford Airfield, where the accident happened, to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.
Since Maria’s arrival at the hospital at approximately 10.45hrs this morning, she has been receiving the best medical attention possible at the hospital, which is the region’s major trauma centre. Maria is conscious and medical assessments are ongoing. The team will await the outcome of these assessments before providing further comment.
The team’s first priority at this time is Maria and her family.