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Maria de Villota suffers testing crash at Duxford [split]


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#1201 alfa1

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 11:25

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Although she was unconscious for a long time, de Villota says she can recall all the details of the crash and its aftermath.



...and yet magically the blindingly obvious question that everyone has been asking does not get a mention at all.


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#1202 F1ultimate

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 11:29

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Although she was unconscious for a long time, de Villota says she can recall all the details of the crash and its aftermath.



...and yet magically the blindingly obvious question that everyone has been asking does not get a mention at all.


With insurance companies involved on either side of the parties I'm sure she doesn't want to implicate any investigation by spilling out blame or accountability. But it's astonishing that she remembers everything. It's rare for people who've been in accidents involving severe head injury.

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 11:38

I must say I really admire her courage and positive attitude. Very impressive. I have newfound respect for her truly.

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 11:48

I must say I really admire her courage and positive attitude. Very impressive. I have newfound respect for her truly.

Yes indeed. :) I'm impressed by the speed with which she has seemingly taken control of her life again. Impressive.

Thanks Ali for posting that interview. :up:

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#1205 ali.unal

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 11:58

Yes indeed. :) I'm impressed by the speed with which she has seemingly taken control of her life again. Impressive.

Thanks Ali for posting that interview. :up:

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It is very sad for a person to lose two and a half of her senses. Terrible. That she is alive is a perfect consolation, but losing a sight, taste and smell... I really admire her brave face. I hope FiA will put more strict safety regulations for any kind of test including a Formula 1 car.

#1206 PayasYouRace

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 12:30

Glad to see that she's doing so well given the circumstances.

That bit surprised me... I would have thought that depth perception would be lost without her right eye.


It would be like racing in a sim. You'd just have to get used to it, but I'd imagine it would keep her out of the really fast cars.

#1207 Wander

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 13:01

You only lose some depth perception, actually. The brains learn to compensate.

Also, the loss of depth perception is actually limited to close distances, there is no differences in depth perception between one and two eyes with distances over 5 metres or so. Peripheral vision loss is an another problem, but I'd imagine it to affect normal driving in traffic more than racing.

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#1208 george1981

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 16:49

Any word on the HSE crash investigation? Marussia have said earlier that it wasn't a car problem which suggests that they think it was driver error but an unbiased investigation may be different.

#1209 BoxToOvertake

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 16:52

she was good , sad to lose her

#1210 g1n

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 17:39

she was good , sad to lose her


Good at what?

#1211 Mendel

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 19:07

So she wouldn´t tell us what she thinks actually happened? Weird.

#1212 King Six

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 19:12

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Although she was unconscious for a long time, de Villota says she can recall all the details of the crash and its aftermath.



...and yet magically the blindingly obvious question that everyone has been asking does not get a mention at all.

Gotta say the same. Also disappointed that Autosport would put the headline as "MARIA REMEMBERS WHAT HAPPENED IN THE CRASH" (paraphrased) and then don't bother to mention anything about it for the rest of the article. I think people want answers about the actual accident...

#1213 Watkins74

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 19:13

I am happy to see she is doing better.

#1214 PayasYouRace

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 20:08

You only lose some depth perception, actually. The brains learn to compensate.

Also, the loss of depth perception is actually limited to close distances, there is no differences in depth perception between one and two eyes with distances over 5 metres or so. Peripheral vision loss is an another problem, but I'd imagine it to affect normal driving in traffic more than racing.


Good point. She'll find it difficult to see what's going on on her right hand side. Wouldn't want to throw a last minute outbraking move on her entering a right hander.

#1215 OfficeLinebacker

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 20:47

I think the question has been answered by not answering if you would. Marie should send it was not an equipment malfunction. Maria is not arguing that point. Therefore I think we can assume that it was driver error and we can move on and not making too big deal out

#1216 Fastcake

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 23:44

Just read the story, and I'm very glad Maria is recovering well :) It must be terrible to suffer from her injuries but I do hope she can now adapt and live her life as normal.

#1217 Nobody

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 00:46

I think the question has been answered by not answering if you would. Marie should send it was not an equipment malfunction. Maria is not arguing that point. Therefore I think we can assume that it was driver error and we can move on and not making too big deal out


total BS dude. These are only assumptions.

With investigations going on, or perhaps even pending legal actions, saying anything could be sensitive.

She has answered nothing, all she has said is she remembers.

#1218 RedOne

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 01:28

I am happy to see she is doing better.


+1

#1219 Craven Morehead

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 04:15

I am happy to see she is doing better.


Me too. All the best to her..

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#1220 showtime

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 11:33

http://d3j5vwomefv46...MvNwcRLEv-lPgc_

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 11:43

http://d3j5vwomefv46...MvNwcRLEv-lPgc_

:eek:


Shockingly scary how she survived that without suffering more severe precautions than loss of taste and smell.

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 11:48

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as beautiful as ever

#1223 PayasYouRace

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 12:00

She's very lucky to be alive https://twitter.com/...355727763992576

Apologies if this is the same as above but I can't access that link at work.

#1224 Disgrace

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 12:05

That skull puts it into perspective doesn't it. :well:

#1225 Diablobb81

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 12:44

Holy ... at the injuries.

But i have to say she looks cuter now.

#1226 karne

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 12:53

It would be like racing in a sim. You'd just have to get used to it, but I'd imagine it would keep her out of the really fast cars.


Not so. There was a fighter pilot many years ago who lost an eye to birdstrike, and was told he'd never fly again, let alone fly any of the then-new supersonic jets.

He did.


Massive, massive kudos to Maria. What a strong, amazing person she must be.

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 13:02

She's very lucky to be alive https://twitter.com/...355727763992576

Apologies if this is the same as above but I can't access that link at work.

Jesus Christ, that looks bad...


#1228 PayasYouRace

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 13:06

Not so. There was a fighter pilot many years ago who lost an eye to birdstrike, and was told he'd never fly again, let alone fly any of the then-new supersonic jets.

He did.


Massive, massive kudos to Maria. What a strong, amazing person she must be.


Racing cars and flying fighters have somewhat different visual demands. But fundamentally I agree with you. If you can race in a sim (2D screen, no depth perception at all) then you can do it with one eye. It's the peripheral vision that I'd worry about.

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 13:06

She's very lucky to be alive https://twitter.com/...355727763992576

Apologies if this is the same as above but I can't access that link at work.





Holy ****, is this reliable? :eek:

#1230 PayasYouRace

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 13:11

Holy ****, is this reliable? :eek:


It's by Pablo Elizalde though I saw it retweeted by Craig "Scarbs" Scarborough.

#1231 ensign14

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 13:14

Wowee. She's a fighter. :up: :up:

#1232 Slowinfastout

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 13:20

I really consider this a freak accident, but maybe a different helmet design could have prevented her skull basically stopping the car?

That picture is shocking.

#1233 wingwalker

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 13:23

I'm not sure, I imagine an even infinitely strong helmet would mean that all the forces would be transferred to her neck.

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 13:23

I had no idea her skull injuries were as appalling as that, she's extremely lucky to be alive.

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 13:27

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what a beauty

#1236 george1981

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 13:32

I'm amazed at how good she looks now and that she's smiling in the photo. :up:

#1237 wj_gibson

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 13:36

I then think of Tonio Liuzzi almost going under one of the recovery vehicles at Turn 1 at the Nurburgring in 2007 and shudder.

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 13:51

feel so sorry for her, but impressed by her spirits

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 14:00

It's by Pablo Elizalde though I saw it retweeted by Craig "Scarbs" Scarborough.


It is 100% reliable.

Doctors showed that picture during the press conference this morning.

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#1240 Showty

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 14:05

By the way, she said she can´t give details about the accident because there is an ongoing investigation.



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Posted 11 October 2012 - 15:50

That is. Wow. Kudos to modern medicine, that injury looks fatal to my eyes, but she is walking and everything. :eek:

#1242 Red17

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 18:51

An injury can be an handicap or an inspiration for going higher. Lossing both legs has not stoped Zanardi for being in the news for the best reasons.

It's good to know that Maria is taking the injury has something positive, talking about it to the press is a good sign. It seems to me tho that she is in a cross roads, part of her probably wants to do other things, another part wants to go on. I suspect she will give a try at driving once more.

As for the new look, Maria could always get some advice from country man José Padilla (photo bellow) who after literally loosing his eye to a bull is still doing his thing with some sucess, I have seen some fans waving pirate flags for him and he seems to enjoy it. (tho, as someone who has followed Padilla I must say he is somewhat crazed)

So, no expects the Spanish Pirate!

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 19:17

Wow. :eek:

She is one seriously lucky woman to be alive.

Good that she is taking something positive from it though. :D

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 00:53

http://www.bta.bg/en...ry/image/377237



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Posted 12 October 2012 - 02:48

http://www.bta.bg/en...ry/image/377237

That's a great pic.

I always assumed the lift was a horizontal thing she hit with her right eye but that diagonal scar makes me wonder if something flat caught her diagonally across the face.

Either way, That's an awesome scar.

#1246 CSquared

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 04:33

She looks incredible. Don't know who to be more amazed by: her or the doctors.

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 08:24

That's a great pic.

I always assumed the lift was a horizontal thing she hit with her right eye but that diagonal scar makes me wonder if something flat caught her diagonally across the face.

Either way, That's an awesome scar.


This photo tells that story about the diagonal scar. The left side of her face was almost totally disintegrated by the impact. The doctors have done one hell of a job. Only god knows how much her insurance policy is because the restoration work is world class, even across the left side of the face.

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#1248 matzy

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 12:41

This photo tells that story about the diagonal scar. The left side of her face was almost totally disintegrated by the impact. The doctors have done one hell of a job. Only god knows how much her insurance policy is because the restoration work is world class, even across the left side of the face.

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You see that picture, and you just cannot imagine someone surviving such an injury ... the report I read on the BBC website mentioned that she loss some cranial mass - I guess that means she lost part of her brain? It also mentioned that she can no longer taste or smell. I just hope the injuries we cannot see (i.e. brain related) don't affect her too badly. Regardless, it is great to see her up and about and talking about the future. A truly amazing job by those caring for her after the accident.

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 13:01

You see that picture, and you just cannot imagine someone surviving such an injury ... the report I read on the BBC website mentioned that she loss some cranial mass - I guess that means she lost part of her brain? It also mentioned that she can no longer taste or smell. I just hope the injuries we cannot see (i.e. brain related) don't affect her too badly. Regardless, it is great to see her up and about and talking about the future. A truly amazing job by those caring for her after the accident.

I think cranial mean skull.

#1250 matzy

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 13:05

I think cranial mean skull.


It could well mean that .. regardless, I just hope the injuries we cannot see are insignificant.