F1 » De Villota speaks on F1 accident

Maria de Villota comments on the accident that cost her her right eye in an interview with a Spanish magazine

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Jon M - Unregistered

October 10, 2012 12:33 PM

What was the cause of the the accident?
I don't recall reading why it happened- did the car lose control, did the throttle stick open, did she black out?

All I know is that the car collided at high speed with a team truck.
What was the cause?


Jonny M - Unregistered

October 10, 2012 12:50 PM

@Jon M

It wasn't a high speed accident. She'd completed an installation run during a test session and was returning to the paddock area.

It is believed that the car almost stalled as she approached the 'pit' area and the anti-stall kicked in, resulting in the crash.

Just a very unfortunate and freak accident.

Jon M - Unregistered

October 10, 2012 1:55 PM

Ah, I didn't know.
Thank you, Jonny M.

I didn't know that at all, although it sounds like it could make sense.
How unfortunate and tragic.

And to think we all trust the electronics on our cars and bikes....

demondave - Unregistered

October 10, 2012 2:49 PM

I think there is also another factor to this accident, totally the responsibility of the test team, from memory, she actually hit the tail lift of the truck, which was in a half extended position (helmet height). HSE guidelines are that the tail lift must be fully down or fully up and locked, as being halfway can cause accidents when people walk backwards offloading goods.
In any event a very tragic accident and one brave lady

shaken - Unregistered

October 10, 2012 2:59 PM
Last Edited 1146 days ago

I am delighted to see she seems to be in good spirits. It seems worse than they have let on but Im sure she is in goods hands and doing all she can for herself. I wish Maria best wishes.

Oli - Unregistered

October 10, 2012 3:25 PM


Are you suggesting that because Glock had a throttle problem in a completely separate incident then it means Maria's issue must have been the same thing?

If so, then you are jumping to conclusions. From what we've been told so far, it sounds like it was driver error, but why not wait for the official report into the accident?

Dario - Unregistered

October 10, 2012 4:07 PM
Last Edited 1146 days ago

@Oli, if someone just assumes it was a simple driver error, there won't be a report. Dissenting views and supposition are not proof of something, but they do raise questions, and inquiries take place because of such questions.

Was it the same issue as Glock's? Who knows. Should it be taken into consideration? Probably. Should a dissenting or questioning view be deleted from a forum? I would vote no. We're all adults here, let us decide. Afterall, we have voting abilities, right Crash?

EDIT by CRASH.NET! Allegations should not be made as the matter is under investigation, and blame should not be directed at any one person.

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