The Marussia F1 team has branded the recovery shown by injured test driver Maria de Villota as 'remarkable' after confirming that the Spaniard is sufficiently well to be moved from the intensive care unit at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.
Following the reporting of various comments from team personnel and family members, the Banbury-based team issued an official statement - with full consent of the de Villota family - late on Wednesday to confirm de Villota's progress, eight days on from the freak accident that saw her collide with the tail-lift of one of its trucks while conducting straight-line testing at Duxford Airfield.
"Despite severe injuries, Maria's recovery during that time has been remarkable," the communiqué read, "Following two successful surgical procedures in the days following the accident, last Saturday the medical team at Addenbrooke's Hospital began to gradually reduce the level of Maria's sedation. By Sunday morning, [she] was awake and able to speak to her family, which provided a very important - albeit early - indication that there were positive signs for [her] recovery.
"Since that time, Maria has been making small, but significant, steps. She was moved out of the Neurological Critical Care Unit on Monday and is no longer receiving sedation. Her family remain by her side and she is communicating freely with them and the medical team. Medical assessments are ongoing to monitor Maria's improving condition.
"The team has provided this update with the consent and support of the de Villota family who, whilst keen to ensure Maria's care remains the priority, are understanding and appreciative of the concern for her wellbeing."