De Villota still critical

Family and Marussia team staying positive

By William Esler.   Last Updated: 05/07/12 9:35pm

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Maria de Villota remains in a critical but stable condition in hospital after her crash whilst testing for the Marussia team on Tuesday.

The 32-year-old lost her right eye in the crash and was operated on through the night after suffering "severe head and facial injuries."

Her family issued a statement through the Marussia team and are trying to remain positive.

"Maria remains in a critical but stable condition here at Addenbrooke's Hospital," the statement read.

"While there is no further news than that at present, we have at least been able to take encouragement from the fact that Maria has remained stable throughout since the accident, particularly during the first night following such a lengthy surgical procedure as she experienced yesterday (Wednesday).

Overwhelming

"We, the family, are supporting each other here at Maria's side and we take great comfort from the remarkable medical care she has been receiving.

"We remain positive and this is due, in no small part, to the overwhelming expression of love and support for Maria from every corner of the world.

"We would also wish to thank everyone at the Marussia F1 Team for all the care and attention they have shown us over the past few days. With our sincere gratitude."

HRT driver Pedro De La Rosa, who is also President of the Grand Prix Drivers' Association (GPDA), has called for lessons to be learnt from the accident.

"When an accident happens, it means that something didn't work properly," the Spaniard said.

"We need to make sure, between the FIA, the teams and the GPDA, that we make changes for the future because it's not good enough.

"The first thing we need to do is understand what happened, what safety measures were taken and how the airfield was prepared for Formula One testing."

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