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Pictures: Maria de Villota before race incident

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Villota interviewed before taking to the track today Credit: Marussia F1 Team Twitter

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.

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Villota in her F1 test car before the incident Credit: Marussia F1 Team Twitter

Marussia F1 team release statement on crash

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.

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.

– Marussia spokesperson

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Banbury-based test driver suffers 'life-threatening injuries'

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.

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.

– Gary Sanderson, East of England Ambulance Service

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.

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