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De Villota speaks about accident

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


Maria de Villota has spoken publically for the first time about the accident while testing for the Marussia F1 team, revealing that she can remember everything about the accident.

The Spaniard was left with serious injuries after the incident, which saw her collide with a team transporter as she returned to the pits during a straight-line test at Duxford Aerodrome in early July.

The 32-year-old underwent extensive surgery following the accident but surgeons couldn't save her right eye.

After a lengthy stay in hospital, de Villota returned to her native Spain to continue her recovery but has now spoken to the magazine Hola to provide an update on her recovery – giving an insight into how she is coming to terms with the aftermath of the incident.

“I remember everything – even the moment of impact,” she was quoted as saying. “When I woke up [in hospital] with everyone around me, I started to speak in English as I thought I was on an FIA check-up and that the nurse was a trainer.

“My dad said 'Please, Maria, speak Spanish, because your mother is missing half the things', and then I became aware of everything: of what had happened, where I was and why.

"In the beginning they were covering my eye so I couldn't see it. The first day I looked at myself in the mirror I had 140 black stitches on my face, and they looked like they had been stitched with a boat rope, and I had lost my right eye. I was terrified. I have to undergo more surgery soon, but the worst is now behind."

De Villota, who revealed she still suffers from headaches and has also lost her sense of smell and taste, was conducting her first test with the Marussia team when the accident happened.

Admitting that she is unsure if she will ever be able to make a return to racing as a result of her injuries, the former Superleague Formula racer said she was keen to work to improve driver safety to ensure there was no repeat of the accident she suffered herself.

"We all want to see if there are lessons to learn from what happened, so we can avoid accidents like that in the future," she said. "I want to help with a view to the future and improve safety, especially in aero tests, because at the circuits everything is under control, but not in this kind of test."



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