11th July Update – Maria making remarkable progress

“It is now 8 days since Maria De Villota’s accident at Duxford Airfield in her debut test for the Team.

Despite severe injuries, Maria’s recovery during that time has been remarkable.

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 Full Press Release from Marussia F1 Team can be read here


The F1 world was in shock when news of a freak accident involving Marussia Test Driver, Maria De Villota, broke yesterday.

Sadly, Marussia F1 Team has reported today that she has lost her sight in her right eye, which almost definitely means her role as a test driver is no more.

“We are grateful for the medical attention that Maria has been receiving and her family would like to thank the Neurological and Plastics surgical teams. However it is with great sadness that I must report that, due to the injuries she sustained, Maria has lost her right eye.

Read full press statement here

Maria was kind enough to agree to an interview with me a few months ago and I think she will be supported by the F1 world, no matter what the outcome of this incident is.