UPDATE - Maria De Villota suffers 'severe face and head injuries'

Jul.3 Maria de Villota suffered "severe" head and face injuries in her Marussia testing crash on Tuesday.

The Marussia team has just released the following statement on de Villota's condition: “Further to the accident involving the Marussia F1 Team’s Test Driver Maria De Villota this morning, the team can confirm that Maria was transferred by ambulance from Duxford Airfield, where the accident happened, to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.

“Since Maria’s arrival at the hospital at approximately 10.45hrs this morning, she has been receiving the best medical attention possible at the hospital, which is the region’s major trauma center. Maria is conscious and medical assessments are ongoing. The team will await the outcome of these assessments before providing further comment.

“The team’s first priority at this time is Maria and her family.”

Audio of the incident depicted team members saying: "Jesus Christ. F**k -- get the ambulance. We need an ambulance."

Mann said de Villota was apparently unconscious for 10 or 15 minutes, and photos show the truck loading board at the Marussia cockpit, at visor-level.

Sky Sports F1 was on site with a small filming crew.

"We were all asked to leave about 20 minutes after the accident had happened -- she was still in the car," said assistant producer Helen Brown.

"Obviously the team looked quite upset," she added. A photo shows team members hugging one another.

Emergency medical charity Magpas said they treated de Villota for "severe facial and head injuries" before she was transported to hospital.

The statement said de Villota was given pain relief and was put into an ambulance in a stable condition, according to CNN.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Maria de Villota
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Tags crash, de villota, maria, marussia