Vital F1 | De Villota speaks about crash
Vital Login
Social Login

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's F1, It's Vital'

De Villota speaks about crash

Three months ago Formula One was rocked with the news that Marussia test driver Maria De Villota had suffered a crash at Duxford Airfield.

The crash happened shortly after she had completing an installation circuit of the track at Duxford.

Witnesses at the scene reported that her car suddenly accelerated and crashed into the team truck.

Speculation had led to some reporters suggesting that perhaps the cars anti stall system had been at fault, but Marussia concluded following an investigation that the car was not to blame for the accident.

Maria De Villota's injuries were sustained when her car crashed into the teams truck, which had the tailgate lowered at the time of the crash. De Villota's helmet took the brunt of the impact at around 30-40mph.

She was unconscious for around 15 to 20 minutes, while she was treated by paramedics and the ambulance service announced that she had suffered life-threatening injuries.

The day after the crash the team announced that following a lengthy surgical procedure, she had lost her right eye.

Two days later and she went back into theatre for a further procedure on her facial and skull injuries, but ever since that operation the news has been positive with Maria moving into a stable condition, awake and able to speak to her family.

A week or so later she left the Neurological Critical Care Unit and returned to Spain.

But since returning to Spain at the end of July, there have been fewer updates on how Marussia F1 test driver Maria de Villota's recovery has continued, where she was expected to continue to undergo periodical checks and treatments by specialists of the plastic and neurological surgery services.

Thankfully that has so far gone well and the Spaniard has now spoken about the crash for the first time.

In an interview with Spanish magazine Hola and quoted by Sky Sports she said: 'In the beginning they were covering my eye so I couldn't see it. The first time that I looked in the mirror I had 104 black stitches in my face that looked like they had been stitched with maritime rope and I had lost my right eye. It left me terrified.

She continued: 'I remember everything - even the moment of the impact. When I woke up in hospital everyone was around me and they didn't even know if I was going to speak, or how I was going to speak. I started speaking in English. Then my dad said, 'Please, Maria, speak Spanish, because your mother is missing half the things you're saying'.'

The 32-year-old says that she doesn't know what she now wants to do with her life, but didn't rule out a return to motorsport: 'What I'm wondering now is if my future is being a racing driver or if there's something else I have to do with my life. I still don't know what I need to do.'

In America, there are cases of some drivers who hold a valid racing license with only one eye, despite the loss of depth perception so there is every chance that if Maria wants to return to the sport, she could aim for an unlikely return.








Join Vital F1

It's easy to join up and join in on VitalF1.com, simply click the link and enjoy getting involved!

If you are already a member of Vital Football, your logins will automatically work on VitalF1.com!

The Journalist

Writer: Red5 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday October 12 2012

Time: 1:00PM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Vital F1 Articles

Blog: Australian GP Report (Monday March 27 2017)

2017 Australia GP - Race (Sunday March 26 2017)

2017 Australia GP - Qualifying (Saturday March 25 2017)

2017 Australia GP - FP3 (Saturday March 25 2017)

2017 Australia GP - FP2 (Saturday March 25 2017)

2017 Australia GP - FP1 (Saturday March 25 2017)

More calls to ban the shark fins (Friday March 24 2017)

Renault call for engine budget cap (Thursday March 23 2017)

Blog: Melbourne Preview (Thursday March 23 2017)

Renault can improve - Hopefully (Friday March 17 2017)

McLaren looking shaky (Wednesday March 15 2017)

Surtees dies aged 83 (Tuesday March 14 2017)

Ferrari end second test on top (Monday March 13 2017)

F1 ratings in UK collapse (Friday March 10 2017)

Brawn pushing for cash race for teams (Wednesday March 8 2017)

Ferrari on top in the wet (Friday March 3 2017)

New deal for Russian Grand Prix (Friday March 3 2017)

Merc and Ferrari pick up the pace (Thursday March 2 2017)

Ferrari faster than Mercedes? (Wednesday March 1 2017)

Bottas sees Hamilton as great challenge (Tuesday February 28 2017)

Horner calls for shark fin ban (Tuesday February 28 2017)

Alonso held talks with Mercedes (Monday February 27 2017)

Bottas targets F1 title (Friday February 24 2017)

Renault take Red Bull aero expert (Thursday February 23 2017)

Pirelli already making excuses? (Thursday February 23 2017)

Williams adds new head of aerodynamics (Wednesday February 22 2017)

Renault engine can beat Mercedes (Wednesday February 22 2017)

Allison announced at Mercedes (Tuesday February 21 2017)

New deals for Wolff and Lauda (Monday February 20 2017)

Wehrlein sidelined due to back injury (Monday February 20 2017)

Williams backs F1 budget cap (Monday February 20 2017)

Sauber launch 2017 car (Monday February 20 2017)

Hamilton sends warning shot to Bottas (Friday February 17 2017)

F1 to break the US market (Thursday February 16 2017)

Rosberg doesn't agree with his replacement (Wednesday February 15 2017)

F1 pecking order unlikely to change (Tuesday February 14 2017)

Important Pirelli tyre test ends early (Monday February 13 2017)

Todt believes F1 doesn't need changing (Thursday February 9 2017)

Ford not interested in joining F1 (Tuesday February 7 2017)

Wolff backs Bernie's influence (Monday February 6 2017)

2017 Formula One Calendar (Friday February 3 2017)

Brawn becomes F1 director (Thursday February 2 2017)

Ecclestone still welcome (Wednesday February 1 2017)

F1 shake up (Tuesday January 31 2017)

Manor collapse (Monday January 30 2017)

F1 is what I love to do says Massa (Tuesday January 24 2017)

Rosberg lacked passion for F1 (Monday January 23 2017)

Renault bidding to match Mercedes (Thursday January 19 2017)

How long has Bottas joined Mercedes for? (Wednesday January 18 2017)

New optimism for McLaren (Wednesday January 18 2017)

Bottas announcement expected (Monday January 16 2017)

Australia prepares for 2017 F1 (Friday January 13 2017)

Paddy Lowe leaves Mercedes (Wednesday January 11 2017)

Pirelli uncertain over new 2017 tyres (Tuesday January 10 2017)

Toro Rosso to rebrand engines? (Thursday December 29 2016)

Williams pays tribute to Symonds (Wednesday December 28 2016)

Marko mocks Mercedes (Tuesday December 27 2016)

Merry Christmas from Vital F1 (Sunday December 25 2016)

Renault building for 2017 (Friday December 23 2016)

Honda wants to supply second team in 2018 (Thursday December 22 2016)

Gasly building bridges with Marko (Wednesday December 21 2016)

I'll take on anybody says Hamilton (Tuesday December 20 2016)

No room at the Red Bull Racing Inn (Friday December 16 2016)

Mercedes now regret Hamilton instruction (Thursday December 15 2016)

Mercedes to take no action on Hamilton (Wednesday December 14 2016)

Archived Vital F1 Articles

List All Vital F1 Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. DJ 1124
2. Red5 1109
3. The Fear 773
4. Villaininthemerde 612
5. johnkelv 600
6. Druss_the_Legend 579
7. Push The Button 497
8. col8 334
9. The Intimidator 200
10. VanGisbergen2013 148

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Who will win the Australian Grand Prix?
Hamilton 40%
Bottas 3%
Vettel 25%
Raikkonen 7%
Ricciardo 7%
Verstappen 7%
Someone else 11%