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Marussia rules out technical problems caused Maria de Vilotta’s accident


By Berthold Bouman

Marussia rules out technical problems caused the accident test driver Maria de Villota had almost two weeks ago at Duxford Airfield. Marussia has completed an investigation they carried out to see whether the crash was the result of car-related issues, as they were worried such issues could resurface during the British Grand Prix.

Maria de Villota, Marussia test driver, earlier this year in Australia

Marussia said in a statement, “The Marussia F1 Team conducted an initial analysis immediately after the crash. This aimed to identify the causes and contributory factors behind the accident and also served to determine if there were any car-related implications for the impending British Grand Prix. Having carefully examined all the data and supplementary information available at that time, the Team were satisfied that there were no such car-related issues and cleared its chassis for race weekend participation.”

According to the statement, Marussia carried out an internal detailed analysis of the accident and also commissioned an external forensic investigation which was conducted at Duxford Airfield, according to Marussia, a much used Formula One testing venue approved by the FIA. Marussia stated that the ‘external analysis has been carried out autonomously of the team’s own internal investigation’.

Although the team has not found the cause of the accident, Team Principal John Booth is adamant there were no technical problems with the car de Villota was driving at Duxford Airfield. “We are satisfied that the findings of our internal investigation exclude the car as a factor in the accident. We have shared and discussed our findings with the HSE (the British Health & Safety Executive) for their consideration as part of their ongoing investigation,” Booth commented.

And he added, “This has been a necessarily thorough process in order to understand the cause of the accident. We have now concluded our investigatory work and can again focus on the priority, which continues to be Maria’s well-being. In that regard, we continue to support Maria and the De Villota family in any way we can.”

De Villota sustained serious head and facial injuries and lost her right eye after her Marussia MR01 suddenly accelerated and slammed into the back of a support truck during a test session at Duxford Airfield on July 3. She underwent surgery twice at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge. Since last week de Villota is no longer under sedation and she is currently working on her recovery.

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