De Villota injured in testing

Severity of the injury as yet unknown

Last Updated: 03/07/12 4:02pm

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Marussia driver Maria de Villota has been injured during testing at the Duxford circuit in Cambridgeshire.

Although the full severity of the injury is not yet known, Sky Sports F1 sources have confirmed that De Villota required assistance from the emergency services in the wake of the crash and that Maria was unable to extract herself from the car after the collision.

It's understood that the injuries are life-threatening.

According to eye-witnesses, De Villota crashed into a stationary vehicle after locking up her rear-tyres and losing control of the Marussia whilst returning to the pits after completing a single installation lap.

Helen Brown, a Sky Sports F1 assistant producer, was one of those to witness the accident.

"We were there with a small team from Sky Sports F1 to film Maria's first run out in the Marussia. She'd been appointed a test driver for the team earlier in the season and she was out today doing some straight line speed testing at Duxford - which is the Imperial War Museum Complex - where she was going to be testing new parts for the car for the British Grand Prix this weekend," Brown told Sky Sports News.

"She left the temporary garage, she went out with one run down the straight, she turned around and came back. Everything looked fine on approach; as she approached the temporary garage where the team were based, her wheels locked and she collided into the back of one of the trucks which the team had brought along.

"We were all asked to leave about 20 minutes after the accident had happened - she was still in the car. Because it was a testing event, there was an ambulance already on site, a fire brigade on site as well. They were surrounding the car as I was leaving and she was receiving medical treatment.

"Obviously the team looked quite upset. Everyone was shaken by the incident and, as I said, everyone was asked to leave about 20 minutes later."

A team statement read: "At approximately 09.15hrs BST this morning, the Marussia F1 Team's test driver Maria De Villota had an accident in the team's MR-01 race car at Duxford Airfield where she was testing the car for the first time.

"The accident happened at the end of her first installation run and involved an impact with the team's support truck.

"Maria has been transferred to hospital. Once her medical condition has been assessed a further statement will be issued."

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