FIA wants to examine de Villota's helmet

Jul.12 (GMM) The FIA will examine Maria de Villota's helmet in the wake of the Marussia test driver's horror injuries.

Maria de Villota, test driver, Marussia F1 Team helmet
Maria de Villota, test driver, Marussia F1 Team helmet

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Although now out of intensive care, awake and talking to family, the Spaniard lost her right eye early last week after her 2012 single seater drove into a stationary truck's loading ramp.

Germany's Auto Motor und Sport reports that, because the accident occurred during a private test, the governing FIA will not be launching an official investigation or writing a report.

The Jean Todt-led federation, however, is interested in the circumstances.

"We want to examine the helmet and know exactly what went wrong," race director Charlie Whiting is quoted as saying.

Meanwhile, it emerges that 'Barney' - the mechanic most badly injured in Williams' Barcelona pit fire - was back in the team's garage last weekend at Silverstone.

Williams reports, however, that he only watched the race and "won't be back at work for a while" yet.

But the few Sauber mechanics bowled over by Kamui Kobayashi during a British Grand Prix pitstop will all be back at work at Hockenheim, the Swiss team's chief mechanic Urs Kuratle said.

"They're all ok. They'll all be at Hockenheim," he told Bild newspaper.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Maria de Villota , Kamui Kobayashi , Jean Todt
Teams Sauber , Williams
Article type Breaking news
Tags de villota, fia, helmet, hockenheim, kuratle, marussia, sauber, sileverstone, whiting, williams