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May 15, 2016

Max Verstappen breaks records as he wins Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona

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Today, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen took first place in the Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Verstappen won the first race of his career whilst also making his debut for new team – Red Bull Racing – having made the move up from Red Bull’s junior team, Scuderia Toro Rosso. Verstappen became the youngest driver ever to win a grand prix at 18 years and 228 days old. He is the first Dutch driver to win a grand prix. Furthermore he became the youngest race leader and youngest podium finisher in Formula One history.

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Verstappen was promoted to Red Bull just before the start of the Spanish Grand Prix and replaced former Red Bull driver Daniil Kvyat who subsequently returned to Toro Rosso, whom he drove for back in 2014.

Verstappen went on to win the Spanish Grand Prix having qualified in fourth place, one place behind new teammate, Daniel Ricciardo following the qualifying session on Saturday. Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes-Benz was on pole (starting in first position) for the race alongside fellow teammate, Nico Rosberg. The race began poorly for Mercedes as both drivers crashed out in the opening lap of the race after making contact with each other. The highpoint of the race was the battle for grid positions one and four, which was fought out between Red Bull and Ferrari. Both sets of teams gained and lost positions at regular intervals, but it was Red Bull’s Max Verstappen who took the victory amid immense pressure from Ferrari’s Kimi Räikkönen in second. Verstappen led for the last 32 laps of the race and finished with a time of 1:31.684. Second and third place went to Räikkönen and Vettel of Ferrari with Red Bull’s Ricciardo finishing in fourth position.

Max Verstappen’s victory saw him gain 25 points and took him to sixth position in the Driver Standings with a total of 38 points. The Spanish Grand Prix was the fifth race of the 2016 Formula One season. The next race is the Monaco Grand Prix from Circuit de Monaco in Monte Carlo on May 29.



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November 15, 2015

Nico Rosberg wins Brazilian Grand Prix

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German driver Nico Rosberg won the Brazilian Grand Prix for the second time in a row today. Teammate Lewis Hamilton finished in second place to give Mercedes another one-two finish this year. Ferrari drivers Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen finished third and fourth, with Valtteri Bottas rounding up the top five.

Rosberg, starting from pole, led the field into the first corner, despite efforts from his teammate Lewis Hamilton to overtake him in Turn 1. The Ferrari’s of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen were third and fourth, followed by Williams‘s Valtteri Bottas, who had a great start and moved from seventh to fifth.

After 71 laps Nico Rosberg crossed the finish line in first place to win the Brazilian Grand Prix for the second time in two years. Teammate Lewis Hamilton was never really able to challenge the German for the win and eventually settled for second place, 7.7 seconds behind the German. Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel finished third in his Ferrari, 14 seconds behind the race winner, with teammate Kimi Raikkonen coming home in fourth. Williams’s Valtteri Bottas finished in fifth place, a lap down, with Nico Hulkenberg taking sixth place in his Force India. Seventh place went to Russian Daniil Kvyat in his Renault-powered Red Bull. French driver Romain Grosjean took eight place after local hero Felipe Massa was disqualified. Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo rounded up the top ten.



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November 14, 2015

Nico Rosberg takes pole for 2015 Brazilian Grand Prix

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Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg today took pole position for tomorrow’s 2015 Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos, making it his fifth pole in a row. Lewis Hamilton was second fastest. Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel rounded up the top three.

German driver Rosberg lapped the track at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace in Sao Paulo in 1:11.282.

His teammate Lewis Hamilton was second fastest, a mere .078 of a second slower. Despite being faster in the earlier parts of qualifying, the newly crowned world champion couldn’t beat his teammate on the third qualifying lap.

Sebastian Vettel took third spot for Ferrari, lapping four tenths of a second slower than the Mercedes cars.

Williams‘s Valtteri Bottas took fourth place with a time of 1:12.085. He isn’t to start in fourth place though, as he faces a three place grid penalty following an incident during free practice.

Fellow Finn Kimi Räikkönen in the second Ferrari was in fifth place. As a result of his countryman’s penalty he is to start in fourth place after his teammate. Force India‘s Nico Hulkenberg set the sixth fastest time of the session, while Red Bull drivers Daniil Kvyat and Daniel Ricciardo finished seventh and ninth respectively.

Australian Ricciardo also faced a grid penalty, as an engine change causes him to start tomorrow’s race ten places further back. Eighth place went to local hero Felipe Massa in his Williams. Eighteen-year-old Toro Rosso driver Max Verstappen finished in an impressive tenth position.



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July 19, 2015

Formula One driver Jules Bianchi dies aged 25

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French Formula One (F1) driver Jules Bianchi died on Friday night at age 25, nine months after his serious accident at the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix. News of his death was announced by his family the following morning:

Cquote1.svg It is with deep sadness that the parents of Jules Bianchi, Philippe and Christine, his brother Tom and sister Mélanie, wish to make it known that Jules passed away last night at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire (CHU) in Nice, (France) where he was admitted following the accident of 5th October 2014 at Suzuka Circuit during the Japanese Formula 1 Grand Prix. Cquote2.svg

This is the first F1 race-related driver death since the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix, when Ayrton Senna was killed.

On October 5, 2014, at the late portion of the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka Circuit, Bianchi collided with a tractor crane that had been attending to the crashed car of Adrian Sutil. Bianchi’s helmet became wedged underneath the tractor, causing a diffuse axonal injury, and he fell into a coma. After being treated at a Japanese medical centre, he was moved about two months after the accident to a hospital in Nice. Placed in the intensive care unit, in December he began rehabilitation therapy. Bianchi’s father, Philippe, described his non-progress as a “daily torture”.

Bianchi, the 2007 French Formula Renault and 2009 Formula 3 Euro Series champion, was the inaugural member of the Ferrari Driver Academy. He joined F1 team Force India in 2012. In 2013, he joined Marussia F1; the following year, at the 2014 Monaco Grand Prix, he scored his and Marussia’s first points with a ninth-place finish.

After the accident, the FIA, which sanctions Formula One racing, formed a panel to investigate the crash. Afterwards, the group revealed its findings: as Bianchi entered the run-off area of the track, he disabled the failsafe mechanism by “[applying] both throttle and brake together, using both feet”, while his front wheels were locked; the panel also stated he did not slow down enough to control his car. Eventually, F1 mandated the use of the “virtual safety car“, which requires drivers to enter the pit lane at slower speeds instead of proceeding around the track.

This is the Bianchi family’s second driver death. Lucien Bianchi, the 1968 24 Hours of Le Mans winner and Jules’s great uncle, was killed in 1969 during testing at Circuit de la Sarthe, where the 24 Hours of Le Mans race is held.

Upon the news of his death, many drivers sent their condolences through social media. Bianchi’s Marussia team mate Max Chilton tweeted, “No words can describe what his family and the sport have lost. All I can say [is] it was a pleasure knowing and racing you.”



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June 20, 2014

Michael Schumacher wakes up from coma

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Seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher has awoken from a medically induced coma and left the hospital in Grenoble, France. Schumacher was induced after suffering severe head trauma following a skiing accident in the French Alps, December last year.

Schumacher’s manager, Sabina Kehm, has chosen not to reveal any more information about his rehabilitation, at the University Hospital in Lausanne, Switzerland, due to concerns for his privacy.

“For the future we ask for understanding that his further rehabilitation will take place away from the public eye,” Kehm said.

The statement, released last Monday, was the first since April when it appeared that Schumacher had occasional moments of consciousness.

Rehabilitation from head trauma of this level could take months or years to complete according to Neurosurgeon Tony Belli, who spoke to the BBC. “It depends very much on the severity of the injury, how young and fit they are.” he said.



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April 9, 2014

Hamilton wins \’incredible\’ Bahrain race, F1\’s 900th Grand Prix

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The opening lap of the 2010 Malaysian Grand Prix

Sunday saw Formula One racer Lewis Hamilton win the Bahrain Grand Prix after an “incredible” race he spent battling with teammate Nico Rosberg. It was F1’s 900th ever World Championship Grand Prix.

The two Mercedes drivers were neck-and-neck throughout the race, with Hamilton usually in front. Rosberg started from pole position after Hamilton made a mistake in qualifying, going off-track and settling for second. After the race Hamilton said it was “an incredible day, a really tough day” and he wanted some relaxation time.

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Red Bull‘s Daniel Ricciardo had to start from thirteenth despite qualifying third after an incident in Malaysia last race saw him given a ten-place grid penalty. His car left the pits with a wheel loose, and stewards imposed the penalty after deeming it unacceptably dangerous. Ricciardo managed to finish fourth to score his first points of the season after a disqualification in the opening race in his native Australia.

Reigning champion Sebastian Vettel continued to struggle with technical problems, including his drag reduction system and gearbox. Starting from tenth ahead of teammate Ricciardo, he was able to reach sixth by the finish line. He missed much of the final practice session before qualifying after he spun off the track and beached his car. The closure of the night race was marked with a fireworks display.

Venezuelan driver Pastor Maldonado also saw his troubles continue. Having newly switched to Lotus, he failed to complete the opening two races this year and damaged his car with an accidental wheelie practicing for this one. Exiting the pit lane on the 41st lap Maldonado struck the side of Sauber racer Esteban Gutiérrez with sufficient force to send the Mexican’s car onto its back before rolling back upright.

Cquote1.svg many things learned, and helpful for the future Cquote2.svg

—Daniil Kvyat

Gutiérrez received medical attention on-site and in hospital as a precaution, but was uninjured. “Wow!” Gutiérrez told his team via radio before leaving the car. “What was that?” Maldonado received a stop-and-go penalty and finished outside the points.

Stewards had further punishment for the Lotus driver after the race. He will have a five-place grid position penalty at the start of his race in China. He also had three points added to his racing driver’s licence, a new system this year comparable to a normal motorist receiving points after traffic offences.

Maldonado seemed to imply the other driver played a roll in the collision. “We will need to have a look again at what happened,” he said, “as Esteban seemed to be off his line coming into turn one — maybe he missed his braking point, I don’t know — and by then I was in the corner with nowhere to go”.

Cquote1.svg Wow! What was that? Cquote2.svg

—Gutiérrez after being flipped by Maldonado’s car

Martini’s distinctive stripes on a Williams car earlier this season. The design had to be changed slightly to comply with norms in the host nation, replacing the alcohol giant’s name with the word ‘racing’.
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Fan opinion is sharply against him, with some using the derogatory nickname Crashtor Maldonado. Others said his punishment was unfair compared to Ricciardo’s ten-place grid position drop after his team’s mistake in Malaysia. Gutiérrez thanked supportive fans via social media after the race in English and Mexican, and returned to the circuit yesterday as teams took to testing.

Maldonado was not alone in causing accidents. Jules Bianchi received a drive-through penalty after colliding with Adrian Sutil, leaving both cars sporting punctures. Sutil later retired from the race.

Other retirements included Marcus Ericsson and Kevin Magnussen, both rookies, who separately pulled up at the trackside. Fellow newcomer Daniil Kvyat of Russia, who claimed the title of F1’s youngest-ever points scorer at the season opener, was placed just outside the points despite setting one of the fastest laps of the early part of the race. He had also scored in Malaysia.

An anti-race protestor at last year’s event.
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“Not an easy race for us yesterday!” Kvyat tweeted on Monday. “But many things learned, and helpful for the future.”

The podium was rounded out by Sergio Pérez in third, claiming Force India‘s second-ever podium finish off the back of a failure to even start in Malaysia with a gearbox malfunction. Nico Hulkenberg took fifth. Both he and ninth-place Fernando Alonso celebrated upon completing the race, arms in the air. Williams racers Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas scored seventh and eight place respectively. Kimi Räikkönen claimed the final scoring position of tenth despite a minor collision with Magnussen at the race start.

Williams, who this year are using new bright white livery on their cars, where able to keep the coloured stripes of sponsor Martini. Constraints from the host nation meant the word Martini itself, however, was changed to ‘racing’ on the cars. Williams test driver Susie Wolff of Scotland started a competition during the race weekend to win one of her Martini-coloured caps for submitting pictures of designs using the Martini colours.

A further near miss was suffered by Bottas when he ran off-track after becoming caught in battling between Räikkönen and Ricciardo. His team radioed to promise a complaint would be made to race director Charlie Whiting.

Rosberg told his Twitter followers “Great fight with @LewisHamilton but I’m back in two weeks to take the win”. Hamilton tweeted “What a race! Amazing to get my first win in Bahrain” and also paid tribute to his Mercedes team.

Anti-government protestors turned out in their thousands at the start of the race weekend. The peaceful rally at the capital, Manama, was marred by small groups throwing molotov cocktails at police. The protestors were opposed to the international attraction giving patronage to Bahrain. Events at the circuit were given heavy security.

The race has been the target of intense protesting for several years.



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March 17, 2014

Opening race of 2014 F1 season brings \’fascination\’

Opening race of 2014 F1 season brings ‘fascination’

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Nico Rosberg won the opening race of this year’s Formula 1 season in Australia yesterday. TV commentators spoke of “fascination throughout the field” as big names retired and new names proved themselves.

Nico Rosberg, who won yesterday’s race, pictured practicing last year.

Former champion Lewis Hamilton qualified on pole but problems were evident by the second lap when he received a team radio message telling him “we need to retire… save the engine, save the engine!” Another followed rapidly, however, telling him to “just stay out, stay out, just keep on rolling”. Hamilton left the race on the fourth lap.

Reigning champion Sebastian Vettel did not fare much better, having only qualified twelfth, with engine woes of his own. He too quit the race in the early stages, staying behind to watch the race and, according to commentator and retired Scottish F1 racer David Coulthard, learn what he could from the sidelines.

Vettel and Hamilton were not the only stars retiring early. Veteran racer Felipe Massa was rammed from behind by Kobiashi’s Caterham, sending both cars out and prompting deployment of yellow flags for several laps while the debris was recovered. The crash was triggered by Kobiashi clipping Kimi Raikkonen, damaging the front of Kobiashi’s car. Raikkonen stayed in the race and managed to finish eighth. The first ten cars over the finish line score points towards both the driver’s and constructor’s championships.

Cquote1.svg I apologise to Felipe Cquote2.svg

—Kobiashi accepts responsibility for the first-lap accident

Coulthard and fellow commentators believe Kobiashi, who took responsibility for the accident, may receive points on his racer’s licence in a new system to deal with transgressions introduced this year. Kobiashi called the crash “My mistake[… I] should have braked earlier, and I apologise to Felipe”. Massa said Kobiashi “cannot do a start like that, every time” he does so will lead to an accident.

More drama followed shortly after when Valteri Bottas clipped a wall on lap 10, breaking the rim of his back-right wheel. The rim was left on the track, followed shortly thereafter by the tyre off the wheel. The safety car was deployed for several laps until the debris was recovered. Despite the setback Bottas climbed back up the standings and finished in sixth place.

Many drivers, including cars at the front of the pack, took advantage of the safety car period to do pit stops. Some are now considering using less fuel than the maximum allowance in a move the FIA never expected technologically possible when drafting the rules several years ago.

An overview of the road around Albert Park, used for the race

It was a day for débutantes at Albert Park, a street circuit where racing took place in close proximity to busy public roads. Newcomer Kevin Magnussen scored third place on his first F1 race, while fellow rookie Daniil Kvyat came in tenth and became the youngest-ever F1 points scorer. Kvyat takes the record from Vettel by several months while Magnussen becomes the first Dane on an F1 podium.

Cquote1.svg [it is] such a pleasure to have such a fast car Cquote2.svg

—Race winner Nico Rosberg

Not every débutante was so lucky; Caterham driver Marcus Eriksson dropped out of his first race after being radioed “Stop the car, stop the car, engine oil pressure”. Established racers Pastor Maldonado and Romain Grosjean, both Lotus drivers, also stopped with technical trouble. All three cars pulled up at the side of the track on different laps, each triggering yellow flags. Despite the retirements, fourteen cars finished which was more than some commentators were expecting.

Hamilton was upbeat about his retirement, saying “It’s tough for everyone but that’s the way it is” and adding “We’re not the only ones [to have difficulties]”. Vettel was more pessimistic, claiming this is “going to be a long season”. Asked about the cause of his engine troubles, Hamilton said “One of the cylinders, I think, was not firing”.

The race was unusual from start to finish, having been shortened by one lap after the first start was aborted by amber lights instead of just green. The end is more controversial; home driver Daniel Ricciardo scored his first-ever Australian Grand Prix podium finish in second place but was later disqualified for an alleged breach of fuel regulations. Ricciardo had been the first Australian driver to stand on the podium in his home country since Formula 1 brought the event into the championship format used today.

2011 portrait of Ricciardo, who came second only to be disqualified.

His disqualification is not final, however. His team, Red Bull, have vowed to appeal. If the appeal fails all the drivers below him move up one position, meaning first-time entrant Magnussen will have come in second place and Kvyat will be ninth. That would see Sergio Perez score a point for Force India by moving into tenth. Perez’s race was hampered early by a puncture picked up in the opening lap.

Cquote1.svg I’m really proud of what I did today. There are more positives than negatives Cquote2.svg

—Daniel Ricciardo as he awaited a decision on disqualification

Ricciardo was reported to the stewards by technical delegate Jo Bauer who claimed his car “exceeded consistently the maximum allowed fuel flow of 100kg/h”. 100kg is also the maximum fuel allowed on board cars, a new limit set for this season. The fuel flow rule is also new this year; F1 cars averaged about 170kg/h last year.

Ricciardo was disqualified after five hours of steward deliberations. Red Bull have hit back with a statement saying many teams have found the FIA’s fuel flow meter to be faulty. They say they are “confident the fuel supplied to the engine is in full compliance with the regulations.” Today Andrew Westacott, chief executive of the Australian Grand Prix, said the appeal outcome may not be known for weeks.

Prior to Ricciardo’s disqualification, the remaining point-scorers were Jensen Button in fourth, Fernando Alonso in fifth, Nico Hulkenberg in seventh, and Jean-Eric Vergne in ninth.

Racers and fuel rules were not the only things fresh for this race. Williams are on the back of their worst-ever season and have changed their livery to brighter, whiter cars. Another new innovation is the introduction of red lights on the rear of cars that blink when the vehicle is not using electricity, warning the car behind of possible deceleration. F1 cars also now sport hybrid turbo engines.

Rosberg, speaking after what is his first Australian victory, said it is “Such a pleasure to have such a fast car.” He came a full 24 seconds ahead of Ricciardo. It is also the hundredth victory by an F1 car powered by a Mercedes engine.

“Whatever the outcome I’m really proud of what I did today”, Ricciardo said as he awaited the stewards’ disqualification decision. “There are more positives than negatives”.



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September 4, 2012

Team Lotus announces replacement for suspended F-1 racer, Romain Grosjean

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Suspended Formula-1 racing competitor, Romain Grosjean has been replaced by Jerome d’Ambrosio, according to news sources.

While competing in the Belgian Grand Prix race earlier this week, officials state Grosjean caused a significant crash. Reports indicate Grosjean’s Lotus car actually became airborne briefly during the wreck.



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July 9, 2012

Mark Webber wins 2012 British Grand Prix

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Red Bull Racing‘s Mark Webber won the 2012 British Grand Prix yesterday at Silverstone, having started second on the grid behind Alonso’s Ferrari.

The second qualifying session of three was red-flagged due to heavy rain; but, despite this, Webber secured second on the grid behind Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, only bettered by under five hundredths of a second. Michael Schumacher, driving for Mercedes, started third with Webber’s team mate Sebastian Vettel filling out the second row of the grid in fourth.

The race itself started in dry weather, Alonso—running on hard tyres—took an early lead, with Webber—having opted for soft tyres—in pursuit. At the first pit stop, McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton stayed out and took the lead, briefly duelling with Alonso before being passed. Shortly after the pitstop, WilliamsPastor Maldonaldo and Sauber‘s Sergio Perez had a collision, resulting in the Perez being knocked out of the race and Maldonaldo being fined €10,000 (£7,931, $US12,273).

Also receiving a fine was Perez’ team mate, Kamui Kobayashi. for a dangerous entry into his pit box that injured three of his team’s mechanics. According to Kobayashi, “The front wheels locked, I couldn’t control the car, and this is how I overshot the pit box.”

Alonso managed to hold off Webber until the final set of pit stops, but his rules-mandated switch to soft tyres left him unable to compete with the better grip of Webber’s Red Bull car. Webber caught him, overtaking Alonso with comparative ease on the 48th lap and going on to cross the line some three seconds ahead of the Spaniard.

With this victory, Webber is the second driver to win two races this season. After the race, he described himself as “…absolutely over the moon, absolutely rapt…”.

Final points scoring positions

Position Driver Team Time Points
1 Mark Webber Red Bull 1:25:11.288 25
2 Fernando Alonso Ferrari +3.060 18
3 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull +4.836 15
4 Felipe Massa Ferrari +9.519 12
5 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus +10.314 10
6 Romain Grosjean Lotus +17.101 8
7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes +29.153 6
8 Lewis Hamilton McLaren +36.463 4
9 Bruno Senna Williams +43.347 2
10 Jenson Button McLaren +44.444 1

Drivers world championship standings

Position Driver Team Points
1 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 129
2 Mark Webber Red Bull 116
3 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 100
4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren 92
5 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus F1 83
6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 75
7 Romain Grosjean Lotus 61
8 Jenson Button McLaren 50
9 Sergio Perez Sauber 39
10 Pastor Maldonado Williams 29



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July 3, 2012

Marussia F1 test driver Maria de Villota seriously injured in testing accident

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The Marussia F1 team’s test driver, Spaniard María de Villota, was taken to hospital by air ambulance today after a collision in testing at Duxford Aerodrome.

At the end of her first installation run, the car she was driving had a low-speed collision with the loading ramp of the team’s support truck. According to BBC Cambridgeshire presenter Chris Mann, the car “suddenly accelerated” into the rear of the vehicle. The Marussia team released a statement an hour and a half after the accident, stating that she had been transferred to hospital, and a further statement would be issued once her condition had been assessed.

A spokesman for the East of England ambulance service, Gary Sanderson, said de Villota had “[…] sustained life-threatening injuries and following treatment at the scene by paramedics, she has been taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital for further care.” According to witnesses, she was motionless for about fifteen minutes as medical teams attended to her, but did move her hands before being taken away from the test track. Medical charity Magpas, whose volunteer paramedics attended the accident, reported she had sustained injuries to her head and face, and was in a ‘stable condition’ when she reached the hospital.

Marussia reported her as conscious later in the afternoon: “Since Maria’s arrival at the hospital at approximately 10.45am this morning, she has been receiving the best medical attention possible at the hospital, which is the region’s major trauma centre. Maria is conscious and medical assessments are ongoing. The team will await the outcome of these assessments before providing further comment. The team’s first priority at this time is Maria and her family.”

De Villota was announced as Marussia’s test driver in March, having prior experience driving for Alan Docking Racing in Superleague Formula in Spain.



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