De Villota undergoes surgery

Maria De Villota has undergone a seven-hour operation to reconstruct her face which was severely injured in a testing accident.

De Villota suffered serious facial injuries and lost her right eye when she crashed into a flatbed truck during testing with Marussia at the Duxford Airfield circuit in July.

The 32-year-old underwent several operations in the wake of the accident with the knowledge that more would be needed.

De Villota's latest, which lasted seven hours, was "aimed at cranial and ocular reconstruction" in order to "avoid future dysfunction due to the injuries caused by her accident."

According to a statement released by her family, doctors in Madrid put new plates in her skull and she was able to leave the intensive care unit on Wednesday.

"She is still showing that vital strength that we are used to and is getting better every moment," said her father Emilio De Villota.

"We were able to talk to her while she was in intensive care and she was even able to follow the last race of the season."