Skooter reporting 07/04/12
Maria de Villota a female Formula One test driver was rushed to a hospital with life-threatening injuries after she collided with a team vehicle during a testing session at an airfield in southern England on Tuesday.
Her team, Marussia F1, said her car had struck the team support truck at the end of her first lap at Duxford Airfield in Cambridgeshire. The 32-year-old Spanish driver joined the team this season and her first time to test the MR-01 car.
Her injuries were life threatening, an ambulance spokesman said, and paramedics treated De Villota at the scene before being transported to Addenbrookes Hospital.
She is the daughter of former F1 driver Emilio de Villota and joined Marussia as a test driver and became the sport's first full-time female driver since Italian Giovanna Amati with the Brabham team in 1992. Previously she tested for Renault and had racing experience in Spanish F3 and the Daytona 24-Hours.