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F1 Spain 2013: de Villota set for paddock return
7 May 2013
Maria de Villota is set to make her return to the F1 paddock this weekend for the first time since the accident that saw her lose her right eye last year.
The Spanish racer was testing for Marussia ahead of the 2012 British Grand Prix when she was involved in accident at the Duxford Aerodrome that saw her collide with the rear of a team truck.
De Villota suffered serious head injuries in the accident as well as her right eye and has since undergone numerous rounds of surgery.
However, she will only make her return to the paddock this weekend in Spain and the 33-year-old admitted that she was struggling to sleep ahead of her visit.
"It's the first race I'm going to after the accident, so I'm finding it harder to sleep," she told Europa
. "It's hard for me, because I miss it, but I want to see all the drivers at home and I think we'll see a great race, as we have seen lately.
"I want to thank many people that I have not seen since the accident, and I've been unable to acknowledge the support they gave me, like by putting my star on their helmet."