Although Marussia have not revealed the exact cause of Maria de Villota’s horrific testing shunt, after examining the evidence they have “exclude the car as a factor
De Villota suffered severe facial trauma and lost her right eye when she crashed into the tailgate of a service truck during straightline testing at the Duxford Airfield 14 days ago.
The Spaniard underwent two surgeries with her team revealing last week that she was making “small but significant steps” in her recovery.
The accident prompted an investigation from Marussia as well as an external forensic investigation with the team announcing on Monday that their car had been ruled out as being responsible.
“We are satisfied that the findings of our internal investigation exclude the car as a factor in the accident,” said team boss John Booth.
“We have shared and discussed our findings with the HSE for their consideration as part of their ongoing investigation. This has been a necessarily thorough process in order to understand the cause of the accident.
“We have now concluded our investigatory work and can again focus on the priority, which continues to be Maria’s wellbeing.
“In that regard, we continue to support Maria and the De Villota family in any way we can.”
In the team’s statement they explained the steps that had been carried out since the accident including an “initial analysis immediately after the crash” aimed at identify the “causes and contributory factors” behind the accident and which also served to “determine if there were any car-related implications for the impending British Grand Prix.
“Having carefully examined all the data and supplementary information available at that time, the team were satisfied that there were no such car-related issues and cleared its chassis for race weekend participation.
“Following its initial investigation, the Team proceeded to carry out further detailed analysis of the accident.
“An external forensic investigation was commissioned and carried out at Duxford Airfield (a FIA-approved and much used testing venue, compliant with the recommendations for a test of this nature) and with the team at the Marussia Technical Centre in Banbury. This external analysis has been carried out autonomously of the team’s own internal investigation.
“As would be normal procedure, the Team’s findings have been shared with the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), the independent UK regulator which acts in the public interest in respect of work-related accidents.”