Marussia, the Formula One team of Spanish race car driver Maria de Villota, is reporting that its 32-year-old driver has lost her right eye and remains hospitalized following a bizarre accident at a test event earlier this week. Teammates have described her condition as critical but stable.

After joining the team in March, De Villota was behind the wheel of the team's racing car for the first time on Tuesday, conducting straight-line test runs at Duxford Airfield in Cambridgeshire, north of London. The Spaniard apparently crashed into a team vehicle (reported as racecar transport truck) at the end of a run at low speeds, but her head took the brunt of the impact - explaining the serious injuries to her head and face.

Maria de Villota is the F1's first full-time female driver since 1992. The team principal, John Booth, has already announced that a comprehensive investigation is under way to determine why her car suddenly accelerated as she was slowing to complete the test.

Scroll down to read Marussia's official medical update on De Villota.
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Marussia Technical Centre, Banbury, UK
04 July 2012, 16.00hrs

Further to the accident at Duxford Airfield yesterday involving the Marussia F1 Team Test Driver, Maria De Villota, the Team can now provide a further update on Maria's medical condition.

Subsequent to yesterday's official statements from the Marussia F1 Team, the surgical team at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge embarked on a lengthy procedure to address the serious head and facial injuries sustained by Maria in the accident. The operation began yesterday afternoon and she was in theatre until this morning. Maria remains in a critical but stable condition.

John Booth, Team Principal of the Marussia F1 Team, with the consent and support of Maria's family, would like to give the following update, which provides as much detail as is possible at this time:

"Maria emerged from theatre at Addenbrooke's Hospital this morning after a lengthy operation to address the serious head and facial injuries she received in the accident at Duxford Airfield yesterday.

"We are grateful for the medical attention that Maria has been receiving and her family would like to thank the Neurological and Plastics surgical teams. However it is with great sadness that I must report that, due to the injuries she sustained, Maria has lost her right eye.

"Maria's care and the wellbeing of her family remain our priority at this time. Her family are at the hospital and we are doing everything possible to support them.

"We ask for everyone's patience and understanding with regard to updates on Maria's condition. We will provide further information when it is appropriate to do so and with consideration for her family.

"In the meantime, we would all like to take this opportunity to praise the emergency services at Duxford Airfield, who were on stand-by yesterday, as is usual procedure for a Formula One test.

"With regard to the accident, we have embarked on a very comprehensive analysis of what happened and this work continues for the moment.

"Finally, we have been overwhelmed by messages of support for Maria, her family and the Team and we would like to express our sincere gratitude for those."

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      Some of the comments I read below are obviously written by morons. You idiots are breathing air that's meant for human beings. You are not.
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      Mike Sowell doesn't speak for all men. As a matter of fact if he can't feel compassion for this young lady's misfortune he should take a look in the mirror, cover one eye and see what a real DICK---- looks like. You need something career ending to happen to you so you could feel what her and her family are going through and have some DICK---- write something like that about you. God bless you Maria and a speedy recovery. Have a nice day Dick---- Sowell
      • 2 Years Ago
      Get well quickly Maria.
      Carbon Fibre
      • 2 Years Ago
      Very unfortunate, but Maria, it is the mental, conscious that matters the most. My prayers are on you.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Prayers for her and her family. Ger well soon!
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      Ouch, hope she gets better.
      • 2 Years Ago
      What a tragic accident this is I hope she recovers.
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      This is sad but i'm glad she survived the crash. I hope you have a easy recovery, maria.
      David J. Bernstein
      • 2 Years Ago
      This goes to show that no matter how safe cars (and racing cars) are today and despite the high safety standards and regulations, **** HAPPENS. Racing is dangerous and anyone who professionally races has some serious balls. This is tragic. I hope this won't end her career. Wasn't there an Italian racing driver who lost both his legs yet resumed racing with prosthetics? Alex Zanardi I believe.
      • 2 Years Ago
      mike sowell, you're an idiot.
      • 2 Years Ago
      What a horrible shame, and my sympathies go out to her. Would love to believe that she'll be able to continue her career, but in reality I would think not. Vision is so incredibly key in racing (not only forward, but periphial) that losing 1/2 of that sense is devestation to a driver.
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