racerfink
racerfink Dork
7/3/12 4:30 p.m.

Anti-stall system on car somehow engages, puts car into back of support lorry in paddock.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-18685789

aussiesmg
aussiesmg PowerDork
7/3/12 4:46 p.m.

Wow, so it was caused by a failure or is that a cover up

racerfink
racerfink Dork
7/3/12 5:18 p.m.

Well, that's what the speculation is. Whether it's her unfamiliarity with it, or the fact that the car seemed to have a miss contributed to it...

Woody
Woody GRM+ Memberand UltimaDork
7/4/12 12:50 p.m.

Update:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/formulaone/article-2168784/Marussia-driver-Maria-De-Villota-loses-right-eye-crash.html

dean1484
dean1484 GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
7/4/12 3:45 p.m.

I guess from the sounds of it she is lucky to have survived but since they are not commenting on the extent of the head trauma I can only assume that they are still assessing things. There was no mention of an induced coma so I guess that is good.

Probably the last thing on anyone's mind but can you race in F1 with only one eye?

aussiesmg
aussiesmg UltimaDork
7/4/12 4:41 p.m.

No, there's no way with the loss of depth perception at that level

T.J.
T.J. PowerDork
7/4/12 4:46 p.m.

That's a terrible way to end a racing career.

Curmudgeon
Curmudgeon MegaDork
7/4/12 6:47 p.m.

That's terrible news. Agreed, with loss of depth perception there is just no way she could continue safely.

dean1484
dean1484 GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
7/5/12 9:08 a.m.

That just sucks. I hope she finds a way to contribute / participate in the sport when she gets back on her feet. She was not just a pretty face. Smart and a genuinely nice person. from what I have read. I hope the sport makes accommodations for her to be a part of the sport when she returns. F1 needs more like her. I am thinking a TV deal possibly?

Thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery.

Karl La Follette
Karl La Follette SuperDork
7/5/12 10:26 a.m.

Very trying story

jde
jde Reader
7/5/12 1:00 p.m.
dean1484 wrote: Probably the last thing on anyone's mind but can you race in F1 with only one eye?

From a Laguna Seca press release Google turned-up:

However, even a man as dedicated and successful as Drayson has had to overcome seemingly impossible hurdles. Possibly his greatest obstacle was one set-upon him by the international motorsports governing body, the FIA. Born blind in one eye, FIA rules limited such individuals from receiving an international motorsport license. Without a license, Drayson was only allowed to compete in national events. After diligent effort on behalf of all drivers with monocular vision, a late 2008 announcement by the FIA World Council reversed that stance and agreed with Drayson. The change came as a result of Drayson’s performance in the ALMS, his medical evidence and the prejudice of the rule. Drayson was granted the right to apply for his license to compete at Le Mans, and all international events, by virtue of the rule being overturned.

Still doubt that applies to an F1 Superlicense, but there is some precedence.

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