Tuesday, July 03, 2012

FORMULA 1 DRIVER GETS INVOLVE IN SERIOUS CRASH DURING BRITISH GRAND PRIX RACE TEST

A Formula 1 driver has suffered life-threatening injuries in a crash during testing in Cambridgeshire. 



Maria de Villota was hurt while driving an MR-01 race car for the first time for the Oxfordshire-based Marussia team at Duxford airfield.


The car hit a Marussia support truck which had been used to transport it to the track.


The East of England Ambulance Service said the thirty two years old Spaniard had been taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.

Emergency medical charity Magpas, which helped to treat Villota at the scene, said she had suffered "facial and head injuries" and was in a stable condition on her arrival at hospital.

Former F1 champion Jenson Button said on Twitter: "Terrible accident for Maria de Villota, Marussia F1 team test driver.

Marussia entered the sport under the name Virgin in 2010, backed by businessman Richard Branson.

Russian car company Marussia acquired a controlling stake in the team toward the end of 2011.

Source: BBC SPORT


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