Marussia have claimed that their car was not the cause of the accident which left test driver Maria De Villota in a life-threatening condition. The decision came after the Banbury based team completed a detailed investigation of the crash which happened at Duxford Airfield two weeks ago.
The 32 year old was returning to the pits when her car suddenly lunged forward leaving her pinned under a truck, the same one that brought the car to the circuit, and had to be extracted by the Emergency Services before being removed to hospital with serious head and facial injuries. De Villota unfortunately lost her right eye during surgery.
But the findings of Marussia’s investigation now clears the car of any role in the collision.
“We are satisfied that the findings of our internal investigation exclude the car as a factor in the accident,” said team principal John Booth. “We have shared and discussed our findings with the HSE for their consideration as part of their ongoing investigation. This has been a necessarily thorough process in order to understand the cause of the accident.
“We have now concluded our investigatory work and can again focus on the priority, which continues to be Maria’s wellbeing. In that regard, we continue to support Maria and the De Villota family in any way we can.”
Meanwhile, Maria’s family have refused to comment on the announcement and is waiting for the findings of subsequent investigations before commenting. Both The Health and Safety Executive and the Independent UK regualtor for work related accidents, are holding investigations into the crash.
“This is their [Marussia’s] version, but it’s not an explanation,” someone ‘very close’ to de Villota’s family told the Spanish newspaper Marca.
The newspaper reported that Maria does not remember anything about the crash. “Maria is not yet in the sufficient condition that would allow her to take part in any of the investigations,” a statement issued by her family said. “There will be no comment until all the current investigations are finished,” the family added.