F1 Driver loses an eye after Duxford crash

The Marussia F1 team have confirmed that their driver Maria De Villota has lost an eye after a crash during testing at Duxford

They issued a statement this afternoon saying Maria underwent hours of surgery to address her serious head and facial injuries at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.

The operation started yesterday afternoon and went on until the early hours of this morning.

Team principal John Booth said “We are grateful for the medical attention that Maria has beenreceiving and her family would like to thank the Neurological and Plastics surgical teams. However it is with great sadness that I must report that, due to the injuries she sustained, Maria has lost her right eye.“Maria’s care and the well being of her family remain our priority atthis time. Her family are at the hospital and we are doing everythingpossible to support them.

“We ask for everyone’s patience and understanding with regard toupdates on Maria’s condition. We will provide further information whenit is appropriate to do so and with consideration for her family.“In the meantime, we would all like to take this opportunity to praisethe emergency services at Duxford Airfield, who were on stand-byyesterday, as is usual procedure for a Formula One test.“With regard to the accident, we have embarked on a very comprehensiveanalysis of what happened and this work continues for the moment.“Finally, we have been overwhelmed by messages of support for Maria,her family and the Team and we would like to express our sinceregratitude for those.”