The Marussia F1 team has said that its car was not responsible for Maria de Villota's accident at Duxford Airfield.
The Spaniard suffered serious head and facial injuries – including losing her right eye – after colliding with the tail-lift of one of the teams trucks while conducting straight-line testing. Following the incident she was in a critical condition for several days, although thankfully her recovery is now said to be going well [see separate story - HERE
Marussia has now concluded out its 'own detailed investigation' into the accident, supplemented by that of an external firm, and has said the MR01 was not a factor. No other details were released.
“The accident occurred on 3 July during a straight-line test, at which Maria was making her testing debut for the team and driving an F1 car for the fourth time in her career,” read a statement.
“The Marussia F1 Team conducted an initial analysis immediately after the crash. This aimed to identify the causes and contributory factors behind the accident and also served to determine if there were any car-related implications for the impending British Grand Prix. Having carefully examined all the data and supplementary information available at that time, the team were satisfied that there were no such car-related issues and cleared its chassis for race weekend participation.
“Following its initial investigation, the team proceeded to carry out further detailed analysis of the accident.
“An external forensic investigation was commissioned and carried out at Duxford Airfield (a FIA-approved and much used testing venue, compliant with the recommendations for a test of this nature) and with the team at the Marussia Technical Centre in Banbury. This external analysis has been carried out autonomously of the team's own internal investigation.
“As would be normal procedure, the Team's findings have been shared with the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), the independent UK regulator which acts in the public interest in respect of work-related accidents.”
John Booth, Marussia team boss, added: “We are satisfied that the findings of our internal investigation exclude the car as a factor in the accident. We have shared and discussed our findings with the HSE for their consideration as part of their ongoing investigation. This has been a necessarily thorough process in order to understand the cause of the accident.
“We have now concluded our investigatory work and can again focus on the priority, which continues to be Maria's wellbeing.
“In that regard, we continue to support Maria and the De Villota family in any way we can,” he concluded.