F1 crash driver returns home

A driver from the Marussia-Cosworth F1 team has been seriously injured after her car crashed during testing at the Imperial War Museum at Duxford in Cambridgeshire. The driver has been taken to Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge.

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F1 crash driver released from hospital

est driver: Maria De Vilotta
est driver: Maria De Vilotta Credit: Rob Griffith/AP/Press Association Images

Maria De Villota has been released from hospital following an accident that resulted in her losing her right eye while test driving for F1 team Marussia.

De Villota required two operations at Addendrooke's Hospital in Cambridge in the wake of a crash at Duxford Airfield.

She was admitted to Madrid's La Paz hospital last week and has since undergone plastic surgery, and a statement from the hospital released on her behalf revealed she has not suffered any neurological injuries.

Maria De Villota returns home

Maria de Villota
Maria de Villota Credit: PA

Formula 1 Test driver Maria De Villota has returned home to Spain after spending over two weeks at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.

She was testing the Marussia F1 Team car in a straight-line speed test at Duxford airfield in Cambridgeshire earlier this month when her vehicle crashed into a support truck.

The Spanish driver who is 32, suffered serious head and facial injuries in the crash and lost the sight of her right eye. She underwent two operations at Addenbrooke's.

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The scene at Duxford after Maria De Villota's crash on the 3rd July Credit: ITV Anglia

Her team Marussia said in a statement, "Maria left Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge yesterday [Saturday] and returned directly to Spain. Over the course of the past two weeks Maria has made significant progress.

"More comfortable and familiar surroundings, plus the support of her wider family and friends, will undoubtedly provide a more conducive environment in which Maria can commence the next phase of her recovery.

"Marussia have remained in close contact with the medical team at Addenbrooke's Hospital since Maria's admittance and would like to express their gratitude for the remarkable care and attention she has received there."

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Maria's team Marussia praised Addenbrooke's Hospital where she received treatment. Credit: PA

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F1 test driver's 'remarkable' recovery

Maria De Villota
Maria De Villota lost an eye after the crash Credit: PA

Maria De Villota, the Marussia Formula One test driver who suffered serious injuries in a crash at Duxford Airfield is making a 'remarkable' recovery.

Just eight days on from the accident she is awake and speaking to her family, who are at her bedside.

Marussia F1 say Maria has been making 'small but significant steps' and that medical assessments are ongoing to monitor Maria’s improving condition.

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