By Sally Garcia, EnStarz | Jul 05, 2012 11:14 AM EDT
Formula 1 driver Maria De Villota, has lost her right eye following Tuesday's crash in the U.K.
Formula 1 released a statement on July 4th saying De Villota underwent a "lenghty operation" at the Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge, to address serious head and facial injuries she sustained. She remains in a critical but stable condition.
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"We are grateful for the medical attention that Maria has been receiving and her family would like to thank the Neurological and Plastics surgical teams. However it is with great sadness that I must report that, due to the injuries she sustained, Maria has lost her right eye," Marussia's team principal John Booth said in a statement.
"Maria’s care and the wellbeing of her family remain our priority at this time. Her family are at the hospital and we are doing everything possible to support them," he added.
The 32-year-old Marussia test driver crashed into a support truck after completing her opening installation lap in her first test for the Formula One team at Duxford Airfield.
The Spanish driver joined the Russian-owned team in March and this was the first time she tested the MR-01 car.
With regard to the accident, Booth said Marussia has embarked on "a very comprehensive analysis" of what happened and the investigation continues.
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