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Racing driver Maria De Villota seriously injured in track smash

De Villota, the daughter of former Formula One driver Emilio de Villota, was testing an MR-01 race car for the Oxfordshire-based Marussia team at Duxford Airfield when the vehicle hit a truck.

The 32 year old was taken to a hospital in Cambridge, and an ambulance service spokesman says, “A woman has sustained life-threatening injuries and following treatment at the scene by paramedics, she has been taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital for further care.”

A statement from Marussia bosses reads, “At approximately 09.15hrs BST, the Marussia F1 Team’s Test Driver Maria De Villota had an accident in the team’s MR-01 race car at Duxford Airfield, where she was testing the car for the first time.

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“The accident happened at the end of her first installation run and involved an impact with the team’s support truck. Maria has been transferred to hospital. Once her medical condition has been assessed a further statement will be issued.”

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