F1 » Marussia 'exclude car as a factor' in de Villota accident

Marussia concludes investigation into Maria de Villota's freak accident at Duxford Airfield

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July 16, 2012 12:45 PM

this was an internal enquiry and it would appear natural for the team to in effect, blame the driver. it will be interesting to see if hsa etc come to the same conclusion.
whatever the outcome, i continue to wish maria a speedy recovery, and hope that she will be able to continue to lead a normal life.


July 16, 2012 12:57 PM

This is indeed a freak accident. Marussia's findings are not final, and HSE, are still investigating. So don't be drawn into thinking Maria, caused this accident.
It looks like it'll be extremely difficult to reproduce what to me looks like a rare fault in the car's complex systems. The last thing Maria needs is to be bombarded by questions, with insinuations that she is responsible for what happened. But,she has to tell us what she experienced/went wrong with the car. This will be one long drawnout investigation. My thoughts are with her.

Oli - Unregistered

July 16, 2012 1:06 PM

If the car wasn't to blame for the acceleration then the driver was. Sounds like she has simply made a mistake with the control systems, entirely understandable given the complexities of an F1 car.

But the overriding factor of the severity of the crash is that the loading ramp of a support truck was left in a dangerous position. That is the fault of the team, without question.

Had the team ensured the vehicle was not in a position to be hit or, at the very least, the loading ramp with in the upright position, then this would have been nothing more than an embarrassing little shunt for Maria. Instead it has left her disabled.



July 16, 2012 1:47 PM
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@ Oli. The ramp was out of her planned, high speed path. Had it been up, the next thing in her unintended path were more stationary objects and people.

Blaming the crew for the ramp being down as the cause of her injurys is speculation, and inconsiderate.
Best to wait and hear her explanation

Dude - Unregistered

July 16, 2012 1:55 PM

Sadly, it's unlikley that someone who has suffered such a severe head trauma will ever remember anything that close to the accident - so I doubt we will hear an explanation from Maria.
However, the level of data acquisition on any modern F1 car should be more than sufficient to highlight the cause.
Get well soon Maria.

Oli - Unregistered

July 16, 2012 2:01 PM

@ walrus

"Blaming the crew for the ramp being down as the cause of her her injurys is speculation, and inconsiderate."

I disagree on it being speculation. Naturally, there are facts in this case that have yet to be made public, but the fact we all know is that the nose of Maria's car went under the ramp and the ramp impacted Maria's head. That is not speculation, that is now well-known fact.

Who is or might have been responsible on a personal level for the ramp being in that position is a matter of speculation, but overall the fact is that H&S is the responsibility of the team. Leaving a ramp in the down position and elevated from the floor is a H&S failure in any industry, not just F1. Anyone who has ever whacked their shin on one that has been left a few inches off the ground will atest to that!

I am not saying anyone in the team is evil or that this is some terrible failure of ethics. It probably could have happened many times before to many teams but just never did, and the Mar


July 16, 2012 2:12 PM

oli. as walrus has tried to point out to you, the lorry with the tailgate was not in the path of the car, or in a place likely to create an obstruction. the driver steers the car, irrespective of the engine revs etc, and also has control of the brake and clutch. so something caused the car to be driven into the truck. could maria have steered away from the truck? yes, unless the steering rack broke. could she have braked? yes, could she have slipped the clutch? yes. any of these could have prevented the accident.
if you are driving at 20mph towards a stone wall, and hit it, you cannot blame the builder for putting the wall in that position.
why not wait for the proper enquiry, and also, why not wish maria all the best?

tm - Unregistered

July 16, 2012 2:56 PM

They don't really need to talk to Maria at all, that would just be a formality. They have all the data they could possibly need from the telemetry. They know throttle position, brake pressure, steering position, engine revs, throttle butterfly position, etc. They can completely reconstruct the accident using all the data from the car and know exactly what happened and what the driver did, just like they did after Ayrton Senna's accident (watch the Discovery documentary on that, very interesting).

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