F1 » Full extent of de Villota injuries revealed

Despite a lengthy operation lasting through the night, Maria de Villota has lost her right eye as a result of the testing accident she suffered at Duxford Airfield on Tuesday.

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GhostDawg - Unregistered

July 04, 2012 5:18 PM

It will be interesting to find out exactly what happened. Reports say the car came to a stop and as mechanics went to attend the car is sped off at around 30-40mph into the truck. Terrible to hear she lost her right eye, but glad she's alive and in stable condition. All the best wishes to her and her family.

billox - Unregistered

July 04, 2012 5:18 PM

Stay strong and get well soon, it was a shame her fisrt ride in F1 ended like this.

All the best


July 04, 2012 5:19 PM

oli. the loss of an eye WILL mean the end of her racing career, alas. you need to have 20/20 vision but lenses are now allowed. to compare her with zanardi is not right. zanardi had leg injuries and bmw created a car for him with hand controls. unfortunately marias injuries are more than just the loss of an eye. she also has a fractured skull and possibly brain damage. so we must still continue to pray for her, and hope that she will have a full and happy life.

Ralf - Unregistered

July 04, 2012 5:28 PM

This I not the news wanted to hear... All the best to Maria and her family in this difficult time and for the future!


July 04, 2012 5:39 PM

"the loss of an eye is not the end of her racing career"

Sadly, it is. It's not so much about 20/20 vision (which regards what a person can see at 20 feet), but rather depth perception. The human brain requires both eyes in order to determine depth. And racing of any sort, let alone F1, absolutely requires depth perception.

On the positive side, she's alive. It may seem small comfort to a racer, but they're strong people. And I believe she will eventually come to terms with it.

Here's hoping the prognosis doesn't get worse.

Simon Callaghan

July 04, 2012 6:33 PM
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Wow Andrew. That's the kinda sentiment we all want to hear. I'm at a loss for words. Such awful news. Let's hope as people say and this is the worst of it.

Carl Hall - Unregistered

July 04, 2012 6:45 PM

SHAKEN - why is this worse because its a female driver? it was a freak accident... which don't care who they affect. th3 fact she's a woman will actually have zero bearing on what happened yesterday... and its a sad reflection of the f1 media that this is the primary description... as if its a huge shock that a woman can drive a car.

My thoughts are with Maria and her family. I hope she manages to quickly get away from critical and get home to recover soon.


July 04, 2012 6:47 PM

Such sad news glad to hear she alive and hope she will make a recovery that she can carry on with life

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