De Villota: I have won this race because I’m alive

10 October, 2012

Maria de Villota

Maria de Villota survived a near death experience when testing for Marussia

Oct.10 (GMM) Maria de Villota has revealed that she was “terrified” when she saw her facial injuries for the first time, after Marussia’s female test driver was critically injured when the front of her helmet struck the loading ramp of a transporter during a straightline aerodynamic test earlier this year.

She has now spoken for the first time since the accident, giving an interview to the Spanish weekly magazine Hola! with pictures of  de Villota, with short cropped hair and wearing an eye-patch over her lost right eye, on the cover.

“The first day I looked in the mirror, I had 104 stitches on my face, coloured black and seemingly sewn with nautical rope, and I had lost my right eye. I was terrified,” she said in Spanish.

But de Villota insisted: “I have won this race, because I’m alive.”

De Villota remembers everything about the crash, and will reveal the details during a press conference on Thursday. She is not ruling out an eventual return to racing.

“I remember everything – even the moment of the impact,” di Villota told Hola, in her first interview since the crash.

“When I woke up everybody was around me and they didn’t even know if I was going to speak, or how I was going to speak. I started speaking in English because I thought I was on an FIA check-up and that the nurse was a trainer.

“Then my dad said ‘Please, Maria, speak Spanish, because your mother is missing half the things’, and then I became aware of everything: of what had happened, where I was and why.”

“Now I have only one eye I perceive more things than before,” she told Hola! “Before, my life was a race against time, but now I see that you have to stop and measure things differently.”

The magazine reported that she is set to undergo two more operations; one for a skull injury and another to rebuild the eye area. She said she still suffers headaches.

“I lost this eye for a reason,” she insists. “Something in life is waiting for me – I am sure.”

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  • Nowhereman

    Wow, this little lady has it figured out.
    Good luck Maria, you have some amazing life ahead of you.
    You are one of the special ones.

  • hillside

    stay stong and more power!

  • McLarenfan

    Maria de Villota you think like a winner and you are a winner and I am sure you will continue that way!
    I bet Marussia are now worried as to what you will reveal.

  • Hawk

    Sorry dear

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