Formula one testing has resumed at the Duxford airfield in Cambridgeshire, UK.
Maria de Villota’s sister has revealed she thought the former Marussia test driver had died in her formula one test crash earlier this year.
Spaniard de Villota has this week given her first interview since recovering from the Duxford straightline testing crash that cost her an eye. She told Hola! magazine that she will probably endure “years” of headaches and has lost her sense of taste and smell. Sister Isabel revealed that she was the first to arrive at the crash scene after de Villota’s helmet struck a transporter’s loading ramp.
Marussia has revealed that Maria de Villota’s testing crash two weeks ago was not caused by a technical problem.
De Villota suffers ‘severe face and head injuries’
Marussia says de Villota ‘conscious’
Marussia was cautious on Tuesday afternoon amid media reports test driver Maria de Villota is fighting for her life in hospital. The 32-year-old Spanish female driver crashed this morning into the side of a loading ramp of a team truck whilst conducting straightline aerodynamic testing in the team’s 2012 car at Duxford airfield.
Caterham’s current owner Corven Ventures also declined to comment.
A Team Lotus spokesman would not comment on reports of a likely tie-up with specialist British sports car marque Caterham. News of the speculation was broken by Sky News City editor Mark Kleinman, who wrote that team boss Tony Fernandes could announce the purchase of the Kent-based company next week.
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