Date: 23rd July 2012 at 10:45am
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In what must be seen as another positive step for the Marussia F1 test driver Maria de Villota has returned to Spain to continue her hospital treatment.

Last week the team had concluded an internal investigation into the crash which left the Spaniard severe facial and skull injuries which caused her to lose her right eye following two painstaking procedures at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.

She is now no longer in a critical condition and has moved back to Spain to be closer to her family.

‘Over the course of the past two weeks, Maria has made significant progress, More comfortable and familiar surroundings, plus the support of her wider family and friends, will undoubtedly provide a more conducive environment in which Maria can commence the next phase of her recovery. The Marussia team statement said.

‘The Marussia F1 team have remained in close contact with the medical team at Addenbrooke’s Hospital since Maria’s admittance and would like to express their gratitude for the remarkable care and attention that she has received there.

‘The Marussia F1 team – the staff, race drivers Timo Glock and Charles Pic, and all those associated with the team – wish Maria well with the next stage of her recovery. The management team will continue to liaise closely with Maria and her family and provide any assistance possible during the coming months.’