Spanish Formula One driver Maria De Villota has lost her right eye following an accident during testing in England on Tuesday.
De Villota, 32, crashed at Duxford Airfield circuit in Cambridgeshire and was rushed to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.
“It is with great sadness that I must report that, due to the injuries she sustained, Maria has lost her right eye,” reported Marussia team principal John Booth.
Booth added that De Villota’s condition was “critical but stable,” and that she sustained “serious head and facial injuries” in the accident.
“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 I must report that, due to the injuries she sustained, Maria has lost her right eye,” said Booth.
Investigators continue to look into the accident to determine its cause. Marussia said that De Villota’s car collided with a support vehicle at the end of her first lap.
De Villota is the daughter of former Spanish Formula One driver Emilio De Villota. She was given a test drive by Renault last year and has raced in Spanish Formula Three and the Daytona 24 Hours.
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