Marussia has concluded there was no mechanical failure in the accident that saw Formula One driver Maria de Villota collide with a service truck during testing earlier this month. According to CNN, the F1 race team conducted thorough tests alongside an external forensic company and the UK's Health and Safety Executive and found there was no fault with the MR-01 car itself. De Villota was testing the platform for the first time when the freak accident occurred. de Villota lost an eye due to the collision. Marussia team principal John Booth said in a statement that the team has concluded the investigatory work and can now focus on the priority of supporting De Villota and her family.

The 34-year-old Spanish driver was one of just two female drivers contracted to compete in F1 this season. She also became the first female driver in F1 since 1992, though before signing on with Marussia, de Villota tested with Renault and campaigned in Spanish F3 and the Daytona 24 Hours.


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      Zeus
      • 2 Years Ago
      Poor girl, you can pretty much tell a persons age by their comment on this one. Hope she adjusts and eventually gets back in a car. My uncle lost his eye and he is still able to drive and he drives well so...hopefully she can get back to it in no time. Shes probably a better driver than 99% of the people making these comments so if you guys feel the need to make comments like an 8 year old please do so. The irony is she got to F1 and you probably drive a Kia or a civic so...keep talking kids. Thoughts and prayers go out to Maria during this obstacle in her life.
      Ducman69
      • 2 Years Ago
      When is the last time a kitchen spun out of control and took your eye out? Stay safe out there ladies.
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 2 Years Ago
      This would never happen in an electric car.
        SuperSkyline89
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        A woman lost her eye and all you have to say is it would never happen in an electric car? Everyone already knew this but I feel like I have to say that you're a douche.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
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          Mr.Roadrage
          • 2 Years Ago
          A driver is badly injured in a crash and you think it's funny because she is a woman? I feel sorry for any women in your life. Maybe you should see a doctor.
        KaiserWilhelm
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        0/10 poor effort
      Black Dynamite
      • 2 Years Ago
      It takes a chick to poke her eye out while driving. Just sayin'..... BD
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Black Dynamite
        If you're going to be a dick we could just send you back to the cotton plantations
      Herbie
      • 2 Years Ago
      Routinely I don't bother commenting. I mean, whats the point? Winning an argument with some 15 year old? Hey Maria - I'm praying for you and your family to come out of this disaster okay. Hang in there. You're blessed with talent - use it other than being a pro driver. A team manager, consultant, whatever. Get well soon!
      Anthony
      • 2 Years Ago
      Let us not forget that this woman who supposedly cannot drive was well on her way to being competitive in F1...I can't even compete in traffic. Unfortunately racing is a violent sport and it is easy to forget when so many drivers walk away from horrific crashes every day. i wish her all the best and I hope that she is able to get back in the drivers seat soon.
      Johnny
      • 2 Years Ago
      Cue "woman driver" comments in 3, 2, 1 ...
      Sukairain
      • 2 Years Ago
      Autoblog moral low grounds....... When a door closes in your life, God opens another one. Wish you a speedy recovery Maria.
      Ben Lee
      • 2 Years Ago
      i dont get how people can make light of someone losing their eye. As bad as it is to lose an eye, it could of been worse. Wishing her a speedy recovery. (no pun)
        Zeus
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ben Lee
        People can make light of it because they either haven't had any real tragedy in their lives or they have a very low IQ. I would love to see some of these people lose their eye or have a family member lose an eye and then come home to people saying the things they are saying. I would knock the **** out of someone for saying some of the things that have been said in this post. The funny thing is you watch these kinds of guys talk really tough behind a keyboard, when they get in person they choke up really fast.
          Zeus
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Zeus
          Nah I just don't tolerate bullsh*t comments that insult a woman who has given her life in pursuit of her dream. If that makes me sadistic then so be it. This woman has done a lot more than anyone who is criticizing her including you. Show some respect dude or don't comment at all.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Lachmund
      • 2 Years Ago
      that's what happens when amateurs run an F1 team. sad
        Ron
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Lachmund
        what does this accident have to do with team management? Nothing... and seriously doubt you are in any position to judge the management abilities of an F1 team.... ya know because you have so much experience doing better right?
      high.speed
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hope she gets well soon, about those 'tards in the comments, if you can't feel respect and compassion for an F1 pilot just because of their gender, then you're not a real man.
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