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Test driver 'conscious'

Marussia test driver Maria De Villota is conscious after suffering what were initially described as "life-threatening injuries" in a test crash earlier today.

The 32-year-old Spaniard crashed into a support truck and it is understood she has been receiving treatment for head and face injuries.

"Maria is conscious and medical assessments are ongoing. The team will await the outcome of these assessments before providing further comment. The team's first priority at this time is Maria and her family."

– Marussia team statement

Messages of support flood in for Maria


Terrible accident For Maria de Villota, Marussia F1 team test driver. My thoughts are with Maria and her family at this very difficult time.


@skysportsf1 will update you as soon as they know anything more on Maria's condition. Thinking of her and everyone at @marussia_f1team.


Just heard about Maria De Villota's accident. Hoping and praying she is ok @marussia_f1team


Marussia F1 team release statement on crash

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

The F1 Marussia Cosworth team are based in Banbury and there is further coverage on this story at ITV Meridian.

Pictures: Maria de Villota before race incident

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.

The following images were published on her team Marussia F1's twitter page before the race.

Villota interviewed before taking to the track today.
Villota interviewed before taking to the track today. Credit: Marussia F1 Team Twitter
Villota in her F1 test car before the incident.
Villota in her F1 test car before the incident. Credit: Marussia F1 Team Twitter

For more images at the scene visit ITV Anglia's website.

F1 test driver Maria de Villota suffers 'life-threatening injuries' in crash

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.

East of England Ambulance Service spokesman Gary Sanderson said:

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.


Spanish race driver thought to be involved in crash

The crash involved a car from the Marussia F1 team.

The team's only female driver is Maria De Villota, 32, originally from Madrid, who has been racing since 1998.

This morning, the team's official Twitter account confirmed testing would take place at Duxford.

Referring to Villota, the team added:


@mariavillota had her final seat-fitting & pedal test at our Banbury HQ & then headed north to the Imperial War Museum, ready to do battle

Driver hurt in F1 race car crash

A driver has been seriously injured in a collision involving a racing car.

Cambridgeshire Police said they were called to Duxford Airfield, home of the Duxford Imperial War Museum, at 9.26am to reports of a crash between a Formula One-style car and a lorry.

The female driver of the car is believed to have suffered serious injuries.

Gary Sanderson, spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Service, said paramedics were at the scene.

It is thought the car was taking part in testing at the time.

Investigation launched into Williams pit-lane fire

Team members are dragged from the Williams garage after a blaze broke out
Team members are dragged from the Williams garage after a blaze broke out Credit: PA

A full investigation has been launched into the cause of a fire that turned Williams' Spanish Grand Prix victory celebrations sour.

The FIA have confirmed in a statement that 31 team members were seen by circuit medical centre staff, the majority for smoke inhalation, with 24 released.

Seven, however, were transferred to a variety of local hospitals for treatment, one team member in particular for severe burns, understood to be to 40% of his body.

Pastor Maldonado took the chequered flag to give Williams their first taste of success for 132 races, their last back in Brazil in 2004, and becoming the first Venezuelan to win in F1 history.

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