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F1 Test Driver Loses Eye After Crash
A woman racing driver whose Formula One car crashed into a support truck during testing has lost her right eye, her team has revealed.
Marussia's Maria De Villota suffered serious head and facial injuries in the accident at Duxford Airfield.
She was treated at the trackside before being taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.
The driver had an operation that began on Tuesday afternoon and she was in theatre until this morning.
Ms De Villota, who was taking part in her first test for the Marussia team at Duxford, remains in a critical but stable condition.
John Booth, team principal of the Marussia team, said: "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.
"Maria's care and the wellbeing of her family remain our priority at this time. Her family are at the hospital and we are doing everything possible to support them."
He added: "In the meantime, we would all like to take this opportunity to praise the emergency services at Duxford Airfield, who were on stand-by yesterday, as is usual procedure for a Formula One test.
"With regard to the accident, we have embarked on a very comprehensive analysis of what happened and this work continues for the moment.
"Finally, we have been overwhelmed by messages of support for Maria, her family and the Team and we would like to express our sincere gratitude for those."
Ms De Villota was conducting a straight-line aero test at the former Second World War site.
Theories suggested the anti-stall mechanism on the car kicked in as she approached a makeshift pit area, propelling her into the truck at 20-30mph.
Ms De Villota, originally from Madrid, is the daughter of former Formula One driver Emilio De Villota.
Timo Glock and Charles Pic drive for its Formula 1 team, which is yet to score any points this season.