Maria de Villota is undergoing surgery after fracturing her skull in Tuesday's accident, Spanish motor racing federation chief Carlos Gracia said on Wednesday. And the British newspaper the Mirror said doctors are battling to save the sight in one of the Marussia
test driver's eyes, after her helmeted head took the brunt of the impact into the side of a lorry loading ramp at the Duxford airfield.
German reports say the 32-year-old Spaniard, whose father is the former F1 racer Emilio de Villota
, looks set to be transferred from her hospital in Cambridge to a hospital in London, perhaps for further surgery. But Graeme Lowdon, the Marussia team's chief executive, is quoted by Auto Motor und Sport as saying the situation "looks a bit better" for de Villota than it did early on Tuesday.
"We are currently waiting for news about how the operation is going, and then we'll see what part of or if the brain is affected," high-ranking Spanish FIA official Gracia told Spanish radio Cadena Ser. "I would like to believe that Maria is no longer in danger, but only the doctors can judge that and there are so many conflicting reports -- as we know, these things take on a life of their own," he added. (GMM)