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Maria de Villota still in critical condition three days after her crash


By Berthold Bouman

Three days after her accident at Duxford Airport, Maria de Villota is still in critical condition according to a statement from the de Villota family published on the Marussia website.  The full statement signed by her sister Isabelle de Villota, who represents the de Villota family, read:

Maria de Villota, Marussia, earlier this year in Australia

“Maria remains in a critical but stable condition here at Addenbrooke’s Hospital. While there is no further news than that at present, we have at least been able to take encouragement from the fact that Maria has remained stable throughout since the accident, particularly during the first night following such a lengthy surgical procedure as she experienced yesterday.

We, the family, are supporting each other here at Maria’s side and we take great comfort from the remarkable medical care she has been receiving. We remain positive and this is due, in no small part, to the overwhelming expression of love and support for Maria from every corner of the world. We would also wish to thank everyone at the Marussia F1 Team for all the care and attention they have shown us over the past few days.”

De Villota lost her right eye as she sustained serious head and facial injuries on Tuesday morning when her Marussia MR-01 suddenly accelerated and crashed into the back of a support truck after her first run on Duxford Airport. Marussia was conducting straight-line aerodynamic tests to prepare the team for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone this weekend.

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