Posted on July 11, 2012

Marussia F1 team has put out a very encouraging statement this evening regarding the condition of Maria de Villota, who was badly injured in a straight line testing accident at Duxford last week.

“Despite severe injuries, Maria’s recovery.. has been remarkable,” said the statement, which was issued with the blessing of the De Villota family.

It continued: “Following two successful surgical procedures in the days following the accident, last Saturday the medical team at Addenbrooke’s Hospital began to gradually reduce the level of Maria’s sedation. By Sunday morning, Maria was awake and able to speak to her family, which provided a very important – albeit early – indication that there were positive signs for Maria’s recovery.

“Since that time, Maria has been making small but significant steps. She was moved out of the Neurological Critical Care Unit on Monday and is no longer receiving sedation. Her family remain by her side and she is communicating freely with them and the medical team. Medical assessments are ongoing to monitor Maria’s improving condition.”

The fact that she has spoken to her family is very positive news and we all wish her the very best for her recovery.

Maria de Villota speaks to family and leaves critical unit
38 Responses

  1.   1. Posted By: Steve
        Date: July 11th, 2012 @ 8:27 pm 

    Thats superb news indeed!

    all the best to her and her family!


  2.   2. Posted By: Mike Clarke
        Date: July 11th, 2012 @ 8:32 pm 

    Great to hear this – all the best for her continuing (hopefully as-speedy and as-full as possible) recovery.


  3.   3. Posted By: Jesus
        Date: July 11th, 2012 @ 8:41 pm 

    Great news! I wish she recovers and can have a normal life


  4.   4. Posted By: Jack
        Date: July 11th, 2012 @ 8:47 pm 

    Good to have an update. Nice to see the drivers all wearing tributes to her on their helmets at Silverstone.


  5.   5. Posted By: Philippe Lasry
        Date: July 11th, 2012 @ 8:47 pm 

    Great to hear she is recovering :-)

    Perhaps she will soon be able to shed some light on what exactly happened.


  6.   6. Posted By: Gordon
        Date: July 11th, 2012 @ 8:48 pm 

    Truly fantastic news.


  7.   7. Posted By: [MISTER]
        Date: July 11th, 2012 @ 9:16 pm 

    Very good news.
    Hope she gets better and better every day.
    Keep strong Maria!


  8.   8. Posted By: Chris
        Date: July 11th, 2012 @ 9:31 pm 

    So nice to hear about her recovery! Great news for both Maria and her family.


  9.   9. Posted By: John
        Date: July 11th, 2012 @ 9:46 pm 

    Great news. All positive and encouraging thoughts to Maria and her family. Wish her the very best for as speedy and as complete a recovery as possible so that she can get on with her life again.


  10.   10. Posted By: monktonnik
        Date: July 11th, 2012 @ 9:55 pm 

    Good news.

    Hope the continued recovery is speedy.


  11.   11. Posted By: db4tim
        Date: July 11th, 2012 @ 10:53 pm 

    All hopes for her to lead…a normal life as possible, racing is not important now…just getting better.


  12.   12. Posted By: zx6dude
        Date: July 11th, 2012 @ 10:57 pm 

    Good news. I wish her a speedy recovery and all the best for the future.


  13.   13. Posted By: Galapago555
        Date: July 11th, 2012 @ 10:58 pm 

    Thanks for the great news.

    Ánimo, María. Get well soon.


  14.   14. Posted By: ronmon
        Date: July 11th, 2012 @ 11:35 pm 

    But really, a sad story and hope she does well. Still can't believe they had a lift gate hanging at that height.


  15.   15. Posted By: Il Drago Rosso
        Date: July 11th, 2012 @ 11:35 pm 

    Glad to hear this news. Such a sad story over all, but so very happy to here she’s recovering. I hope she can have normal life again.


  16.   16. Posted By: Roberto
        Date: July 12th, 2012 @ 12:52 am 

    It is excellent news that she has been recovering well from the accident, and also i think it has been handled in a good way by the team and the family, but at some point there´s going to be light on what happened and if any failing from the team caused the accident due to lack of safety precautions or electronic failure which made the car impossible to stop.


  17.   17. Posted By: Racyboy
        Date: July 12th, 2012 @ 2:03 am 

    She’s paid a massive price to be an F1 driver,without any of the glory or recognition.
    It’s a terrible thing,but I guess it could have been much worse.
    Wishing her strength and a speedy recovery.

    Has there been any info released explaining how and why it happened?


    James Allen Reply:

    No info yet, but at the weekend stories about problems with electronics relating to anti stall and clutch were being discounted


    Richard Shaw Reply:

    Such an unusual accident. All the horrific high speed crashed F1 has seen in recent history and very few injuries. It makes me wonder if testing (even straight line) should only be at official test sites.


  18.   18. Posted By: Millatime
        Date: July 12th, 2012 @ 3:45 am 

    Good to hear she is recovering. Thoughts and prayers to her and her family.

    Does anyone know exactly how this happened?


  19.   19. Posted By: veeru
        Date: July 12th, 2012 @ 7:15 am 

    great news…
    any update on her right eye.

    I have read some where that she lost a right eye. is that true.

    on another note,
    Does FIA check eye-sight while giving formula one super license?


    James Allen Reply:

    Yes, sadly it is true


  20.   20. Posted By: Panayiotis
        Date: July 12th, 2012 @ 7:40 am 

    Very good news indeed!


  21.   21. Posted By: Ron
        Date: July 12th, 2012 @ 8:12 am 

    Good to hear she is out of danger. James on a separate not. Do you think they can insure a Formula 1 car? Sure its a gamble. But they can also charge a huge premium on race by race basis. Just a thought!!


  22.   22. Posted By: F1 dingo
        Date: July 12th, 2012 @ 8:49 am 

    Fab news, long may it continue.


  23.   23. Posted By: Jude
        Date: July 12th, 2012 @ 8:58 am 

    Great news, we wish her all the best.


  24.   24. Posted By: Sergio
        Date: July 12th, 2012 @ 9:22 am 

    Than you James to taking care of this great new. There are things more important than the F1 itself.


  25.   25. Posted By: Chris
        Date: July 12th, 2012 @ 9:42 am 

    This is great news for all motor sport fans and most of all, for Maria and all her family.


  26.   26. Posted By: Dunky
        Date: July 12th, 2012 @ 12:40 pm 

    Pleased Maria is recovering, but I feel nothing but anger that the poor girl has lost her eye.

    All because of ridiculous cost cutting and no testing at proper facilities. This is the top level of motorsport and young up & coming drivers are having to mess around in airfields. It’s completley ridiculous.

    Lessons must be learned.


    Gareth Reply:


    [Reply] Reply:

    Agree – it seemed a shabby sort of a place to be testing the world’s most advanced racing cars, with precious little in the way of sophisticated safety measures in place.


  27.   27. Posted By: BoogWar
        Date: July 12th, 2012 @ 3:34 pm 

    Great news indeed. Hoping that she can somehow remount the horse and get back into F1 as a driver somehow. It would be sad if history just swallows her up…it shouldn’t end here.


  28.   28. Posted By: Berhe
        Date: July 12th, 2012 @ 4:58 pm 

    All the best to her and her family. Let’s hope she makes a full recovery and put this ordeal behind her.


  29.   29. Posted By: Lawrence
        Date: July 12th, 2012 @ 6:09 pm 

    Great news. James, is there any way you can get these messages of support to Maria or her family? The more they get the better, I reckon.


  30.   30. Posted By: Mack
        Date: July 13th, 2012 @ 1:33 pm 

    Pleased to hear she is doing well. Speedy recovery so she can get on with her life is my wish.


  31.   31. Posted By: Val
        Date: July 13th, 2012 @ 9:48 pm 

    Good news,I wish her a speedy recovery,
    but as many people wrote already I’m quite upset that this thing happened, I just cannot believe how let the poor girl drive a F1 car in such unsafe conditions, really sorry for her.


  32.   32. Posted By: Elie
        Date: July 14th, 2012 @ 8:35 am 

    Great to hear Maria is recovering so quickly.Hopefully she will be well enough in the future to still be involved in the sport as she has so much experience to offer. I hope Marussia are just as forthright with the cause of the accident as they have been with caring for her and her family as everyone is so keen to understand and nullify the possibilities of this tragedy again.


  33.   33. Posted By: luc dekeyzer
        Date: July 14th, 2012 @ 11:23 am 

    tears and smile in my eyes,happy for Maria and her family,Marrusia,next time go to a real circuit,where trucks stay’s in the paddock!!


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