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Maria de Villota speaks to family and leaves critical unit
Posted By: James Allen  |  11 Jul 2012   |  8:00 pm GMT  |  38 comments

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.

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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!!


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.


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.


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


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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


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


Great news, we wish her all the best.


Fab news, long may it continue.


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!!


Very good news indeed!


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?


Yes, sadly it is true


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

Does anyone know exactly how this happened?


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?


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.


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


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.


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.


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


Thanks for the great news.

Ánimo, María. Get well soon.


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


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


Good news.

Hope the continued recovery is speedy.


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.

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