The latest statement issued by the Marussia F1 team following Maria de Villota's accident in testing at Duxford Airfield does not make for happy reading, revealing the extent of the injuries suffered by the Spanish driver.

Having been airlifted to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge with serious head and facial injuries, de Villota underwent a lengthy procedure that began on Tuesday afternoon and lasted through until Wednesday morning. She remains in a critical but stable condition.

Team principal John Booth, with the consent and support of the Spaniard's family, provided the following update, which provides as much detail as is possible at this time:

"Maria emerged from theatre at Addenbrooke's Hospital this morning after a lengthy operation to address the serious head and facial injuries she received in the accident at Duxford Airfield yesterday," he began.

"We are grateful for the medical attention that Maria has been receiving and her family would like to thank the Neurological and Plastics surgical teams. However, it is with great sadness that I must report that, due to the injuries she sustained, Maria has lost her right eye.

"Maria's care and the wellbeing of her family remain our priority at this time. Her family are at the hospital and we are doing everything possible to support them.

"We ask for everyone's patience and understanding with regard to updates on Maria's condition. We will provide further information when it is appropriate to do so and with consideration for her family.

"In the meantime, we would all like to take this opportunity to praise the emergency services at Duxford Airfield, who were on stand-by yesterday, as is usual procedure for an F1 test.

"With regard to the accident, we have embarked on a very comprehensive analysis of what happened and this work continues for the moment.

"Finally, we have been overwhelmed by messages of support for Maria, her family and the team, and we would like to express our sincere gratitude for those."


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