Right eye of Formula1 Test Driver Maria de Villota lost after crash

A test track car crash resulted in the Formula 1 driver Maria de Villota loosing her right eye. She was seriously injured when the MR-01 Race Car she was driving in hit a support truck at Duxford airfield in Cambridgeshire on Tuesday.  The fate has its day as it is the first time that this 32-years old Spaniard had driven the car for Oxfordshire based Marussia team.

De Villota is also being treated for serious head and facial injuries at the Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge – England. Maria de Villota has completed the three hundred kilometers (186 miles) of testing for the Lotus Renault team in 2011 and was hired by the Marussia in the month of March. Since 1992, there in not an instance of a woman driver being competing in this prestigious motor sport event. Inspectors from the Health and Safety Executive – HSE visited the test track on Wednesday.

Marussia informed that surgeons at the Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge did a lengthy operation to address the serious head and facial injuries that this sportswoman received in the accident.  But the saddest part of the surgical operation is that she lost her right eye sustained due to the injuries.  The accident is a result of sudden unexpected acceleration of the sports car of De Villota crashing into the back of the support lorry according to witnesses.

The BBC radio Cambridgeshire presenter Chris Mann who saw the accident informed that the top of the car and her helmet bore most of the burnt and for about fifteen minutes De Villota did not move for a while. During the testing she was driving at the speed of 200mph but the car was traveling much slower at the time of the accident.

Maria de Villota is the daughter of a racing driver. She has competed in series that included the Word Touring Car Championship and in the year-2004 she drove a Ferrari Modena Sports car at the 24 Hours of Daytona.  Messages of support have come from motor racing world that included the Ferrari driver and fellow Spaniard Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button.  Formula 1 driver and BBC analyst Jaime Alguersari also expressed his anguish about the accident suffered by Maria de Villota.

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