Marussia statement on Maria de Villota’s accident at Duxford
By Berthold Bouman
Marussia issued a second statement about the condition of Maria de Villota after her crash this morning at Duxford Airfield, where de Villota was conducting straight-line aerodynamic tests for the Marussia Formula One team.
“Further to the accident involving the Marussia F1 Team’s Test Driver Maria De Villota this morning, the team can confirm that Maria was transferred by ambulance from Duxford Airfield, where the accident happened, to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.
Since Maria’s arrival at the hospital at approximately 10.45am this morning, she has been receiving the best medical attention possible at the hospital, which is the region’s major trauma centre.”
“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.”
BBC Cambridgeshire presenter Chris Mann witnessed the crash and he later reported, “The car slowed down as you see happens during a Grand Prix, for it to then be reversed into the pits which was actually a tent. But at the last second it just suddenly accelerated again so by the time it hit the truck, it was doing 30 or 40 miles an hour.
It appeared to me that she wasn’t moving for about 10 or 15 minutes. We saw her move her hands after about a quarter of an hour and it took almost an hour for the ambulance (staff) to feel confident to take her out of the car.”