Formula One

 
        === Marussia's de Villota in 'critical but stable' condition ===
 
 London, England (Sports Network) - Marussia said on Wednesday that Formula One
 test  driver Maria  de Villota  remains hospitalized  in "critical  but stable
 condition"  one day after suffering multiple injuries during an accident while
 testing.
 
 Team  principal John Booth  noted in a medical update that de Villota lost her
 right  eye as a result of the crash. The 32-year-old underwent lengthy surgery
 to address serious head and facial injuries.
 
 De  Villota, in her first test session with Marussia since joining the team in
 March,  collided  into the  team's support  truck during the  end of her first
 installation   run  on  Tuesday  at  Duxford  Airfield  in  England.  She  was
 transported  by  ambulance to  Addenbrooke's Hospital  in nearby Cambridge. De
 Villota reportedly sustained life-threatening injuries, but the team stated in
 an update hours after the crash that she was "conscious."
 
 "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,"
 Booth  said in a team statement. "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 well-being  of her family  remain our priority at this
 time.  Her family are at the hospital, and we are doing everything possible to
 support them."
 
 De  Villota  is the daughter of  former Formula One driver and British Formula
 One Series champion Emilio de Villota.
 
 
 07/04 18:29:04 ET

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