Posted on July 12, 2013


Former Marussia F1 aero test driver Maria de Villota has been speaking about her desire to improve safety in Formula 1, just over a year after her life threatening accident at Duxford. De Villota was doing straight-line aero tests on the runway at the former WWII airbase when her car struck a truck at the end of a test run. The Spaniard suffered serious head injuries, lost her right eye and required 104 stitches. She has since become an ambassador for safety and sits on the FIA Women in Motorsport commission. Safety has been a big talking point recently following More…

Posted on April 28, 2013


Former Marussia F1 aero test driver Maria de Villota has been speaking this weekend of her new life, following her life threatening accident at Duxford almost a year ago. De Villota was doing straight line aero tests on the runway at the former WWII airbase when she crashed into the open tailgate of a truck which was parked near the team’s temporary pit awning. Formula 1 held its breath as she underwent a series of vital operations at Adenbrokes Hospital in nearby Cambridge. She suffered a severe head injury, lost her right eye and required 104 stitches in her face. More…

Posted on April 27, 2010


I was interested to see that the FIA’s new Women in Motorsport commission has met for the first time, under the presidency of former rally star Michele Mouton. It was one of the first measures introduced by Jean Todt when he took over as FIA president in October last year. Women are not well represented in the highest levels of motor sport and one of the main reasons for that is that there is no parallel series for women competitors as there is in tennis, athletics, soccer and other sports. In motor racing women compete directly against men, like Mouton More…



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