Spanish Formula One driver Maria de Villota has been released from the hospital following treatment for injuries sustained from a crash with a support truck during testing early last month. Doctors at La Paz University Hospital in Madrid found de Villota hadn't suffered any neurological damage in the Marussia MR-01 crash and will not require brain surgery. Even so, physicians will continue to monitor her injuries, and the driver is expected to undergo plastic surgery in the near future to address "the serious injuries to her face." Earlier reports indicate de Villota lost an eye in the impact and she spent 17 days in the hospital following the crash.

The BBC reports it's unclear whether or not the driver will return to Formula One. The FIA, which oversees the sport, does not grant international racing licenses for five years after a driver loses an eye. Physicians say that period of time is the minimum required for the brain to grow accustomed to the loss.

Marussia, meanwhile, has said it will announce the unfortunate collision was the result of a "chain of unfortunate circumstances and mistakes" that eventually caused her helmet to strike a loading ramp on the truck. Reports indicate de Villota may have struggled to find the clutch lever as she entered the temporary pits because the steering wheel was still turned outside of its standard position. In addition, German publication Auto Und Sport has indicated de Villota may have forgotten to push the neutral button.


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      mrbucket777
      • 2 Years Ago
      Really sucks that she lost an eye and her racing career but seeing photos of the accident shes very lucky she didn't lose her entire head, a couple more inches and the liftgate would have acted like a guillotine.
      dezoris00
      • 2 Years Ago
      While her career maybe over for now, she has the rest of her life ahead of her.
      dukeisduke
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hoping she has a good recovery, and that the surgeons are able to to good job restoring her beauty. Hang in there, Maria.
      John Hinckley
      • 2 Years Ago
      The incident and injuries are unfortunate, but she's NOT, and never has been, a Formula 1 driver; the straight-line test she was doing could be done by anyone, and doesn't require a Formula 1 Superlicense.
      Tommy Peters
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nobody with only one eye has the depth perception to be safe in a racing situation. Her career in racing is over.
      hcduley
      • 2 Years Ago
      Women can't drive cars worth a dam on regular roads. What makes anyone think they could drive a race car. They have a hard time driving over 40 MPH.
        fran
        • 2 Years Ago
        @hcduley
        You're an idiot, and wrong into the bargain. I am on my insurance company records with a Superior Driver rating, which is better than my husband's rating of Good Driver. I know plenty of men I would be more than happy never to see behind the wheel ever again - and I'm willing to bet you're one of them.
        em
        • 2 Years Ago
        @hcduley
        really i dont see your name on the side of a race car or as a team testing driver. so she aparently drives better then you
      mazdamattyp5
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm sure the doctors kept a good eye on her...... #toosoon?
      KaiserWilhelm
      • 2 Years Ago
      It was caused by "mistakes"? And here I was thinking it was intentional...
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      BlackZ06
      • 2 Years Ago
      1.) I have vision in only one eye and have done just fine racing and driving. Have won races in cars and karts, and placed second overall in a regional SCCA formula car class racing. People with only one eye learn to judge speed and distance in different ways, it's something the brain works out just fine. If this were not the case, you could never drive a car on a simulator using a 2D display, which every F1 driver does regularly. So, while Maria may not race F1, she will likely return to driving instruction and potentially class racing. 2.) The idea that women cannot drive race cars well is idiotic and unfounded. F1 drivers are not big folks, there are more than a few female athletes around who could wipe the floor with any of them physically, so that argument that women are not tough enough is false. The reality is, the statistics of racing attracts and promotes fewer women in the feeder classes of karts and cars. When these are weeded along with the others, coupled with the prejudicial idiocy we've seen here among sponsors, few actually make it through to the higher classes. Danica has done fairly well, as have the men that are her contemporaries, and all the men who finish behind her in every race. Sarah Fischer is another that did fine, and now owns a team. If there were as many women as men entering and promoted in the sport, it would only be a matter of time before there would be a star emerge. Unfortunately, the stats are working against that ever happening, and as long as half wits continue to get away with spouting their sexist tripe on the topic, the situation will never improve.
      Laurie
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well said Fran and KaiserWilhelm. Do you think one of the mistakes may be that a loading truck was left with the ramp at mid-way? Come on, EVERYONE knows it should be either all the way up, or all the way down. I'm sure that has been mentioned a hundred times, but it still angers me. Regardless, I think until we hear directly from Maria, and if they have not made it impossible for her to speak the truth, we may never know what happened. I love auto racing, but dislike the politics of it all. Get better soon Maria!
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