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De Villota still “limited” by F1 crash injuries

Apr 29, 2013, 9:09 AM EDT

Marussia Formula One test driver Maria de Villota of Spain smiles during her news conference in Madrid

Maria de Villota says she is still living within the limit of the injuries she suffered in a crash while testing for Marussia last year.

De Villota lost he right eye after he Marussia collided with a truck during a straight-line aerodynamic test at Duxford Airfield last year.

“Within the limits of what’s possible, the damage to my head conditions my day,” said de Villota in a recent interview. “I’m better in mornings than afternoons, I lost feeling in the right side of my head, I have headaches, that’s the worst bit and I’ve lost my sense of smell.”

She added she is unable to discuss the crash at present: “I cannot speak about it because it is the subject of an investigation. I believe in justice and I prefer to act cautiously, that the investigators will do their work and establish what happened that day.”

Di Villota admitted she was angry about her injuries at first but came to appreciate having escaped the crash with her life:

“Initially I was angry with the doctor because he had failed to save my eye,” she said. “But then little by little I became aware that losing an eye was a lot less important with respect to what I still had; life itself.”

“I felt I’d been part of a miracle. I look now at my scars as part of my story, I carry them with pride.”

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