Date: 3rd July 2012 at 11:02am
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Marussia test driver Maria de Villota has been seriously injured in a crash during testing.

The incident took place at the Imperial War Museum, in Duxford where eye witnesses have explained how the 32-year-old Spaniard had completed a circuit of the private runway when it then suddenly accelerated into the back of the lorry which had been used to bring the car to the circuit.

Emergency services were called to the scene and Villota has been transferred to hospital.

A team statement read: “At approximately 09.15hrs BST this morning, the Marussia F1 Team’s test driver Maria De Villota had an accident in the team’s MR-01 race car at Duxford Airfield where she was testing the car for the first time,”

“The accident happened at the end of her first installation run and involved an impact with the team’s support truck.

“Maria has been transferred to hospital. Once her medical condition has been assessed a further statement will be issued.”