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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Mowterpsyclist - Unregistered

July 04, 2012 10:06 PM

To all those who have already decided what is in this girl's future, please don't rush to judgment. I too have lost my right eye to an accident, when I was just 14 years old. Now, it's nearly 40 years later, and most of my acquaintences in life would not know of it. I have always been a fan of wheel-based sports, and I have participated in many over the years. Motorcycling - both on and off-road, bicycling both on and off-road, karting, drag-racing, plus over 36 years of licensed driving. Whether or not she can be competetive again remains to be seen. Somebody mentioned depth-perception. I have found it to be a problem when something is thrown to me, as in stick and ball sports, but not so much when I'm the object being propelled, as in operating a vehicle. If anything will be the problem, it will be the lack of peripheral vision, but in racing today with the helmets and head supports the way they are they can't see anything off to the sides anyway.

Here's hoping that her eye los


July 04, 2012 10:14 PM

Richard and RXRacer are sadly correct, as some may know I'm involved in the optics business and both eyes are required to provide binocular vision and therefore depth perception. This is a terrible injury for Maria and will end her racing career, but she is alive and she has a life ahead of her, that's more important than racing.

God bless Maria. x

Brian Catt - Unregistered

July 04, 2012 10:38 PM

While I agree with Taipan's piece on Maria's injuries, I have a wonderful role model for her in a motocross rider who rode many years at top level and only recently retired from racing at the age of 75+. John Giles lost an eye to a stone at a meeting many years ago, but it had little effect on his career, he represented GB in the grueling International Six-Days Trial many times, usually with top results. Maria may lose her racing career, but I doubt if she will be a total loss to the sport.

Nanbawan - Unregistered

July 04, 2012 10:44 PM

So sorry...

Hang on Maria, tough times ahead but hopefully you'll make it !

Gaz - Unregistered

July 04, 2012 11:04 PM

Sickening outcome for her. It makes it worse being on the threshold of realising her dream only to have it snatched away just like Joan Lascorz in a World Superbike testing accident a few weeks ago. He is paralysed from the waist down. A true test of character is how they can overcome their injuries. Good luck to them both.

Jaykay - Unregistered

July 04, 2012 11:35 PM

I would just like to say its not the end of your racing if you only have one eye I no a driver from the USA with one eye and race's in gt3 and he did daytona this year his name jim michaelian

Ps get well soon Maria

welsh couple - Unregistered

July 04, 2012 11:46 PM

We were fortunate enough to meet Maria briefly at Monaco & she is a lovely lady,came over to chat & have picture taken.Our prayer is that Maria makes the best posible recovery from her injuries & goes on to have a blessed life

Tommo - Unregistered

July 05, 2012 12:57 AM

In the scheme of things, if she can see and recognize her family thats a huge start. The fact she is still alive, even moreso. Heres to a speedy recovery.

**Good to see Crash remove the other icons to keep trolls at bay.

Enrico 47 - Unregistered

July 05, 2012 3:12 AM

Good luck Maria

But in bad moment like this us fans as a whole, we should ponder for a moment and stop trying to push racers more and criticise them all the time.

They are better than any of us was or will be,and if they survive this terrible accident like Kubica did, they have to live with the consequences for the rest of their lives not us.

Some people here are so detached with reality that are already trying to assess Maria s disability and assume what she may be able to do with the rest of her life.

The lack of depth and emphaty of some people is incredible.

Sometimes it is better to observe life as it evolves and just be silent spectators.

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