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Maria de Villota Seriously Injured in Test

Post by Cynon on Tue Jul 03, 2012 6:37 am

This doesn't sound good at all, but it sounds like a mechanical problem (stuck throttle) caused it.

Marussia test driver Maria de Villota has been injured in a crash while testing the team’s car today.

The team were running at Duxford Aerodrome in Cambridgeshire when de Villota’s car apparently struck a stationary vehicle, believed to have been the team’s truck.

De Villota, who was driving the car for the first time, was taken to hospital following the crash. Her injuries have been described as “life-threatening”.

The team issued the following statement: “At approximately 09.15 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.”

Cambridgeshire police confirmed a racing car had been in collision with a lorry at “low speed”.

The BBC’s Chris Mann gave the following account of the crash: “It suddenly accelerated into the big truck that had brought it there.

“There was a sort of board down, like a loading board, and the car went careering into the side of that. Probably on 20 or 30mph at that point – it had been doing obviously 200mph when it was going down the straight at Duxford.”

De Villota, the daughter of former F1 driver Emilio de Villota, joined the team as test driver in March.

This article will be updated.

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Re: Maria de Villota Seriously Injured in Test

Post by BWard on Tue Jul 03, 2012 6:45 am

Hope she will be okay, I even thought at one point that she could be a star for Women drivers in F1. Clearly I don't think that will happen anytime in the future.
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Re: Maria de Villota Seriously Injured in Test

Post by Spannerhead29 (Nelson) on Tue Jul 03, 2012 8:49 am

http://www.speedcafe.com/2012/07/03/de-villota-seriously-injured-testing-accident/
Here's another artical on it with audio from a reporter and audio of the accident itself.
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Post by flyingturns89 on Tue Jul 03, 2012 10:48 am

You had me concerned at stuck throttle. Hope she can race again.
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Re: Maria de Villota Seriously Injured in Test

Post by Magus978 on Tue Jul 03, 2012 11:19 am

flyingturns89 wrote:You had me concerned at stuck throttle. Hope she can race again.

Forget racing again, I just hope she pulls through.
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Re: Maria de Villota Seriously Injured in Test

Post by flyingturns89 on Tue Jul 03, 2012 12:06 pm

From what I've most recently heard, she's either having surgery now, or is about to. It's sounds like it's mostly face and head injuries, but she is awake and alert according to team officials. Apparently the main concern was brought on from the fact that she was motionless for about the first 15 minutes after the wreck.
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Re: Maria de Villota Seriously Injured in Test

Post by Racerfan275 on Tue Jul 03, 2012 12:14 pm

Hope she doesn't have real serious injuries that like limit anything in her body

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Re: Maria de Villota Seriously Injured in Test

Post by RealRacer4 on Tue Jul 03, 2012 12:51 pm

I won't be surprised if the FIA tries to make any kind of rule changes relating to this issue. It's bizarre how something like this can happen. I'm glad she's awake at the moment. I hope she pulls through.

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Post by Alta on Tue Jul 03, 2012 4:22 pm

Hope she's comes through okay. Scary stuff.
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Re: Maria de Villota Seriously Injured in Test

Post by PKligBKFan on Wed Jul 04, 2012 11:25 am

Unfortunately, Maria lost her right eye in the accident. She remains in critical yet stable condition.
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Re: Maria de Villota Seriously Injured in Test

Post by Magus978 on Wed Jul 04, 2012 12:14 pm

That's pretty much career over for Maria. Real shame, hopefully her condition improves and she can go on to live well Sad
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Re: Maria de Villota Seriously Injured in Test

Post by Racerfan275 on Wed Jul 04, 2012 12:17 pm

PKligBKFan wrote:Unfortunately, Maria lost her right eye in the accident. She remains in critical yet stable condition.
Holy crap, hope she'll be ok

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Post by RealRacer4 on Wed Jul 04, 2012 12:56 pm

PKligBKFan wrote:Unfortunately, Maria lost her right eye in the accident. She remains in critical yet stable condition.

No Crying or Very sad

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Re: Maria de Villota Seriously Injured in Test

Post by Milan655 on Wed Jul 04, 2012 1:04 pm

She is no longer in a critical condition, which is better to hear.
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Re: Maria de Villota Seriously Injured in Test

Post by Alta on Wed Jul 04, 2012 2:24 pm

Owwwww. Good to hear she's out of critical but man scary stuff.
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Re: Maria de Villota Seriously Injured in Test

Post by BWard on Wed Jul 04, 2012 2:29 pm

I really wish she would become the new talent of Women drivers in F1, looks like that may never happen. Hope she does make a good recovery.
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Re: Maria de Villota Seriously Injured in Test

Post by BlueThunderfan on Wed Jul 04, 2012 3:30 pm

Looks like Virgin is screwed. Laughing
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Re: Maria de Villota Seriously Injured in Test

Post by Milan655 on Wed Jul 04, 2012 3:38 pm

BlueThunderfan wrote:Looks like Virgin is screwed. Laughing

Not at all. Despite Maria's large CV, she really wouldn't ever have been a part of the starting line up of the team. Additionally, they are Marussia now.
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Post by flyingturns89 on Wed Jul 04, 2012 4:34 pm

BlueThunderfan wrote:Looks like Virgin is screwed. Laughing

No. No
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Post by Racerfan275 on Wed Jul 04, 2012 4:44 pm

BlueThunderfan wrote:Looks like Virgin is screwed. Laughing
Um... no, not a laughing matter

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Re: Maria de Villota Seriously Injured in Test

Post by RealRacer4 on Wed Jul 04, 2012 5:12 pm

BlueThunderfan wrote:Looks like Virgin is screwed. Laughing

I get the idea of the joke, but this is no laughing matter.

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Re: Maria de Villota Seriously Injured in Test

Post by Electric Wolf on Wed Jul 04, 2012 6:30 pm

Before the source, my post was this:

Why in the hell would they park their truck on the circuit? That's the team's fault for that. If the truck was safely off the track, they never would've had the accident.

After the source:

So she was coming into the pits. Why was she going so fast? Brake failure? Where was the truck anyways; sitting on pit road somewhere?

After finding it on Wikipedia:

Straight line tests? Alright... They still should have had the truck clear from the racing area.
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Re: Maria de Villota Seriously Injured in Test

Post by Sparkz47 on Wed Jul 04, 2012 6:42 pm

Casey Lester wrote:Before the source, my post was this:

Why in the hell would they park their truck on the circuit? That's the team's fault for that. If the truck was safely off the track, they never would've had the accident.

After the source:

So she was coming into the pits. Why was she going so fast? Brake failure? Where was the truck anyways; sitting on pit road somewhere?

After finding it on Wikipedia:

Straight line tests? Alright... They still should have had the truck clear from the racing area.

According to the link Nelson posted, she was coming into her pit at about 15-20 mph, which is a pretty slow pit speed, but just as she was about to put it in neutral so the crew could back the car in, the throttle hung and sent her flying into the truck, which was, from what I understand, a reasonably safe distance away.
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Re: Maria de Villota Seriously Injured in Test

Post by Electric Wolf on Wed Jul 04, 2012 6:43 pm

OK, the throttle hung? Well, any way you look at it, Marussia really needs to make some improvisations with safety...
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Re: Maria de Villota Seriously Injured in Test

Post by Spannerhead29 (Nelson) on Wed Jul 04, 2012 8:48 pm

Casey Lester wrote:OK, the throttle hung? Well, any way you look at it, Marussia really needs to make some improvisations with safety...
They're testing at an airport (I believe the one that Top Gear uses) which doesn't have an actual pit garage area, so what they do is they set-up a makeshift garage area, using a marquee tent as a pit which would be right next to their hauler.
This is what one would look like, on the left is the side of the team truck.
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