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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Maria De Villota returns home

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.

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."

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

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