Tag Archive: Maria de Villota

Sep 02

Verstappen admits blame for Rotterdam crash (+videos)

Max Verstappen has admitted the blame for crashing during his first proper run in a formula one car.

With all eyes on the 16-year-old after his controversial announcement as Toro Rosso’s 2015 racer, the Dutchman steered into a barrier whilst demonstrating a Red Bull car during the street event in Rotterdam at the weekend. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 16

After Villota, F1 mourns another death

Sean Edwards was killed on Tuesday at a circuit in Queensland

Sean Edwards

Following the sad news about Maria de Villota, the F1 world is mourning yet another death. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 13

Marussia crash led to de Villota death – family

Investigations into the incident at Duxford airfield last July are still taking place

Maria de Villota 2013-03-08Maria de Villota’s family have confirmed the testing crash at the wheel of a Marussia last July led to her death on Friday. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 12

Autopsy shows ‘natural’ death for de Villota

“It was absolutely natural causes”

Maria de Villota 2013-03-08Maria de Villota’s post-mortem has confirmed reports the former Marussia tester died of natural causes. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 11

Maria de Villota dies

De Villota died of natural causes

Maria de Villota 2013-03-08It appears Maria de Villota died of natural causes. Maria de Villota, who lost an eye after a near-fatal F1 testing crash last year, died early on Friday. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 19

Dennis doubts women to race in F1 soon

Williams test driver Susie Wolff is pushing for a super license

2012-06-09_0867Ron Dennis has played down expectations there could be a female driver on the formula one grid in the near future. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 04

De Villota reveals crack in Duxford crash helmet

“Until now only my family and friends have seen it (the helmet)” – de Villota

Maria de Villota has revealed the terrifying extent of the damage to her carbon fibre helmet that saved her life during an horror Marussia test crash last year. Read the rest of this entry »

May 07

De Villota to return to F1 paddock this weekend

“I want to thank many people that I have not seen since the accident”

Maria de Villota 2013-03-08Ten months after her Marussia testing crash, Maria de Villota will return to a formula one paddock this weekend in her native Spain. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 26

Testing resumes at Duxford after de Villota crash

Formula one testing has resumed at the Duxford airfield in Cambridgeshire, UK.

 

11 - Marussia F1 TeamThere has been no F1 running at the Imperial War Museum facility since Maria de Villota was seriously injured, and lost an eye, in a crash whilst testing for Marussia last July. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 06

De Villota to work for Spain’s F1 TV coverage

Maria de Villota has been signed up as an expert pundit for Spanish television Antena 3’s coverage of the 2013 formula one season.

Maria De Villota  photo ReutersThe Spaniard lost an eye in a near-fatal testing crash whilst serving as a Marussia test driver last year, but has made a good recovery. “Last week they gave me permission to return to driving,” said the 32-year-old. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 09

De Villota to undergo more operations

Maria de Villota has revealed she will undergo at least two more operations in the near future.

Maria De Villota  photo ReutersMaria de Villota © DPPI - F. Le Floc'hThe 32-year-old female driver, who lost her left eye in the incident, suffered serious skull, brain and face injuries earlier this year during a day of straightline testing for Marussia at a UK airfield. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 25

Wolff wanted F1 test to prove de Villota’s abilities

Susie Wolff has revealed she carried a heavy burden when she recently made her debut at the wheel of a formula one car.

2012-04-11 - Williams  F1 - Susie WolffMaria de Villota © DPPI - F. Le Floc'hWilliams’ 29-year-old Scottish development driver made international headlines when she tested at Silverstone recently. Some of the media attention was simply due to her gender, but Wolff’s appearance took on an even greater significance in light of the serious injuries sustained by fellow female test driver Maria de Villota earlier this year. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 18

Susie Wolff hopes for more F1 testing

Susie Wolff has played down expectations her next step in formula one is a spot on the grid.

Susie Wolff 2012-04-11 - Williams  F1 - Susie WolffAdmitting it was an emotional moment in the wake of the injuries sustained earlier in 2012 by Marussia’s female test driver Maria de Villota, Wolff got her first taste of a grand prix car on Wednesday at the wheel of last year’s Williams. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 11

De Villota shows scars to media at press conference

Maria de Villota has made her first public appearance since almost dying at the wheel of a Marussia earlier this year.

Maria de Villota © DPPI - F. Le Floc'h12 - Marussia F1 TeamThe Spanish test driver appeared in the pages of Hola! magazine on Wednesday, but on Thursday she addressed the international media for a press conference in Madrid. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 11

Sister thought de Villota had died in Marussia crash

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.

Maria de VillotaMaria de Villota © DPPI - F. Le Floc'hSpaniard 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. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 10

De Villota to make first appearance since injury (+photo)

De Villota ‘terrified’ when she saw face injuries

Maria de Villota © DPPI - F. Le Floc'hMaria de VillotaMaria de Villota will on Thursday make her first public appearance since losing an eye in a formula one test crash in early July. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 01

De Villota walks into Spanish eye clinic

La Nueva Espana said wounds were clearly visible, as was a blue eye patch.

Maria de Villota © DPPI - F. Le Floc'hMaria de VillotaA Spanish publication has spotted a walking and apparently well Maria de Villota entering an outpatient clinic in Spain this week.

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Jul 26

Marussia to conclude de Villota crash caused by ‘mistakes’

De Villota leaves hospital in Spain

2012-03-15 - Australian Grand Prix 2012 Thursday #1 53612 - Marussia F1 TeamMarussia is tipped to reveal in the coming days that Maria de Villota’s test crash was the result of a “chain of unfortunate circumstances and mistakes”. Maria de Villota has checked out of a Madrid hospital.

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Jul 22

De Villota thanks fans in hand-written note

Injured Marussia test driver Maria de Villota has hand-written a note of thanks to her supporters.

Maria de VillotaNews of the short letter, which was hand-written in Spanish and published by sports newspapers, came after it emerged the 32-year-old has finally returned to her native Spain after 17 days in a British hospital.

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Jul 21

An update on Maria De Villota’s recovery

Maria De Villota has returned to Spain

Maria de Villota © DPPI - F. Le Floc'h12 - Marussia F1 Team17 days after her testing accident at Duxford Airfield, the Marussia F1 Team are pleased to report that Test Driver Maria De Villota has returned to Spain.  Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 20

Carlos Gracia criticises Marussia after de Villota crash

“I see it that they want to shift the responsibility to Maria, but we need to wait if she can recover her memory.”

2011-03-12 - HRT F1 Team - Barcelona - Vitantonio Liuzzi - Carlos Gracia - Jose Ramon CarabanteMaria de VillotaCarlos Gracia, the highest-ranking Spanish motor racing official, has criticised Marussia after the team implied Maria de Villota’s recent testing accident was her fault. Without actually saying the crash into a stationary truck during straightline aerodynamic testing was driver error, Marussia recently revealed that an internal investigation showed the car had not failed.

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Jul 19

Susie Wolff still on track after de Villota crash

Susie Wolff is sure she will get more chances to prove her skills in a formula one car

Susie Wolff  portraitMaria de Villota © DPPI - F. Le Floc'hSome insiders saw the serious injuries sustained by Maria de Villota during a recent straight-line test for Marussia as a major setback for F1’s other female driver. But Wolff, who is a test driver for Williams, remains scheduled to drive the FW34 in October. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 16

No car problem before de Villota crash – Marussia

Marussia has revealed that Maria de Villota’s testing crash two weeks ago was not caused by a technical problem.

12 - Marussia F1 TeamMaria de Villota © DPPI - F. Le Floc'hAs the 32-year-old Spanish test driver remains in a Cambridge (UK) hospital with serious face and head injuries, her employer Marussia said it has completed a “detailed investigation” into the cause. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 16

Marussia F1 Team concludes its own investigations

The Duxford testing accident 

12 - Marussia F1 TeamMaria de Villota © DPPI - F. Le Floc'h14 days after Maria De Villota’s accident at Duxford Airfield, the Marussia F1 Team has now completed its own detailed investigation into the cause of the crash.

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Jul 12

FIA wants to examine de Villota’s helmet

The FIA will examine Maria de Villota’s helmet in the wake of the Marussia test driver’s horror injuries.

Maria de Villota © DPPI - F. Le Floc'hFlagworld - FIAAlthough now out of intensive care, awake and talking to family, the Spaniard lost her right eye early last week after her 2012 single seater drove into a stationary truck’s loading ramp.

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Jul 11

An update on Maria De Villota’s Recovery

It is now eight days since Maria De Villota’s accident at Duxford Airfield whilst testing for the Marussia F1 Team.

Maria de Villota © DPPI - F. Le Floc'h2012-03-15 - Australian Grand Prix 2012 Thursday #1 536Despite severe injuries, Maria’s recovery during that time has been remarkable. Following two successful surgical procedures in the days following the accident, last Saturday the medical team at Addenbrooke’s Hospital began to gradually reduce the level of Maria’s sedation. By Sunday morning, Maria was awake and able to speak to her family, which provided a very important – albeit early – indication that there were positive signs for Maria’s recovery.

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Jul 10

De Villota could return to Spain this week

De Villota has had two operations at Addenbrook’s

Maria de Villota © DPPI - F. Le Floc'hMaria de VillotaMaria de Villota could leave Addenbrook’s hospital in Cambridge (UK) and return to her native Spain by the end of the week, Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport reports.

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Jul 09

De Villota no longer in intensive care – sister

Maria de Villota has moved out of the intensive care unit at a Cambridge (UK) hospital.

Maria de VillotaMaria de Villota © DPPI - F. Le Floc'hMarussia boss John Booth said on Sunday that the team’s test driver is no longer in an artificial coma and has therefore been able to speak with her family, including her father and former F1 driver Emilio de Villota.

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Jul 08

Whiting says de Villota crash ‘one in five million’

“The circumstances were just so unique that it was just incredible bad luck”

2012-06-10_0556Maria de VillotaCharlie Whiting, the FIA’s top F1 official, has described Maria de Villota’s crash earlier this week as a “one in five million” freak accident.

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Jul 08

De Villota awake and ‘talking to family’ – boss

Marussia team boss John Booth on Sunday had some good news about Maria de Villota’s improving condition.

12 - Marussia F1 TeamMaria de Villota © DPPI - F. Le Floc'hAlthough upgraded from a “critical” to “serious” condition in the wake of her latest head and facial surgery, the last word about the 32-year-old Spaniard was that she was in an artificial coma.

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