Spanish driver in "serious but stable" condition following multiple surgeries. (Photo : Reuters)
Marussia F1, the Russian-owned racing team for which Maria de Villota drives, has been issuing regular statements on the 32-year-old Spaniard's condition since she was critically injured in a crash July 3rd. It was revealed through the team that the driver, who underwent lengthy surgery for head and facial injuries soon after her admission to the hospital, was again on the operating table today.
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The crash occurred at Duxford Airfield in Cambridgeshire, England, where de Villota was testing the team's MR-01 car. The team said that the crash involved its support truck; and that the occasion was her first time behind the wheel of the car in question.
De Villota was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge, where the surgery was performed and where it was confirmed that she had lost her right eye.
The team put a positive spin on today's surgery, indicating that it was performed to address their teammate's facial injuries and that it would not have occurred had medical personnel not been pleased with her progress.
"After the initial lengthy procedure, which commenced on Tuesday and concluded on Wednesday, today's secondary operation took significantly less time," Marussia said.
The team added, "Since the operation today, Maria's condition in relation to the head trauma she received has further improved, to the extent that she is now 'serious but stable.'"
Members of de Villota's family have been by her side. Her sister, speaking on behalf of the family, issued a statement expressing gratitude for the support they have received from Marussia F1 and "from every corner of the world".
Her father and brother - Emilio de Villota and Emilio de Villota, Jr - are also noted racecar drivers.