Team boss John Booth has admitted that Maria de Villota's accident during testing at Duxford back in July has brought the Marussia team together.

De Villota was let with serious head injuries and lost her right eye in the accident, which occurred when she crashed into a support track while returning to a makeshift paddock at the Aerodrome.

The 32-year-old has made good progress since undergoing surgery at Addenbrooke's Hospital in the days after the accident and is now continuing her recovery back in Spain.

Quoted by Pitpass, Booth revealed that de Villota was continuing to recover well and said the incident was one that had brought the team together as it dealt with the aftermath of what happened.

"She's making incredible progress and we take heart in that," he said. "The family are absolutely fantastic and are a wonderful support for Maria.

"It was probably the toughest time I've experienced in my professional career. I'm sure that's the same for all the guys because they were there and Duxford and that will stay with us forever.

"I think it affected us all very deeply. It's probably brought us a lot closer."