London: Marussia test driver Maria De Villota is conscious after suffering what were initially described as “life-threatening injuries” in a test crash on Tuesday.
The 32-year-old Spaniard was taking part in her first test for the Formula One team at Duxford Airfield when she crashed into a support truck after completing her opening installation lap.
After treatment by trackside paramedics, De Villota was taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge where it is understood she has been receiving treatment for head and face injuries.
The latest Marussia team statement read: “The team can confirm Maria was transferred by ambulance from Duxford Airfield, where the accident happened, to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.
“Since Maria’s arrival at the hospital at approximately 10.45 hrs this morning, she has been receiving the best medical attention possible at the hospital, which is the region’s major trauma centre.
“Maria is conscious and medical assessments are ongoing. The team will await the outcome of these assessments before providing further comment,” the statement added.
“The team’s first priority at this time is Maria and her family.”
De Villota, daughter of retired Formula One driver Emilio, was conducting a straight-line aero test at the old Second World War site.
Early theories behind the accident have suggested the anti-stall mechanism on the car kicked in as she approached a makeshift pit area, propelling her into the truck at around 20-30mph.
It is understood the tailgate had been lowered at the time, and at such a height as for De Villota to sustain head trauma.