De Villota conscious and undergoing checks
Maria De Villota just before her first run (© Marussia F1 Team)
|3 July 2012 by Ryan Wood | M||Tweet
Marussia has confirmed that Maria de Villota is conscious following a serious accident at Duxford Airfield and is undergoing further medical assessment at Addenbrooke's Hospital.
It's understood that she had pulled into the pits after her first run, but the anti-stall system kicked in as she slowed down, lurching the car forward at 50% throttle. She then hit one of the teams transporters rear-hydraulic lifts.
Her helmet bore the brunt of the impact at 30-40mph, causing injury to her face and neck.
The team confirmed in a second statement that she arrived at the hospital conscious and in a stable condition, and whilst her injuries are severe, they are not life threatening.
"Since Maria's arrival at the hospital at approximately 10.45am this morning, she has been receiving the best medical attention possible at the hospital, which is the region's major trauma centre," read the statement.
"Maria is conscious and medical assessments are ongoing. The team will await the outcome of these assessments before providing further comment. The team's first priority at this time is Maria and her family."