Maria de Villota is currently being treated for life threatening injuries at Addenbrookes Hospital after a collision with a lorry in her F1 test vehicle at Duxford Airfield in Cambridgeshire. These images were published on her team Marussia F1's twitter page before the race.
A test driver with the Banbury-based F1 Marussia Cosworth team has been seriously injured in an accident at the Imperial War Museum at Duxford.
– Marussia spokesperson
At approximately 09.15am, the Marussia F1 Team's test driver, Maria De Villota, had an accident in the team's MR-01 race car at Duxford Airfield where she was testing the car for the first time. The accident happened at the end of her first installation run and involved an impact with the team's support truck. Maria has been transferred to hospital. Once her medical condition has been assessed, a further statement will be issued.
Maria de Villota, a test driver for the Marussia F1 team, was rushed to hospital with life-threatening injuries after her car collided with a lorry at Duxford Airfield this morning.
– Gary Sanderson, East of England Ambulance Service
A woman has sustained life threatening injuries and following treatment at the scene by paramedics, she has been taken to Addenbrookes Hospital for further care.
The accident is said to have happened at low speed after Villota pulled off the track following a lap during which she reached speeds of about 200mph.
A Formula One car test driver from the Marussia-Cosworth team has suffered serious injuries after crashing during testing at the Imperial War Museum, at Duxford in Cambridgeshire. It's thought the car collided with a lorry. The woman driver has been taken to Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge.