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Accident of Maria de Villota: driving error to blame for the crash

Maria de Villota's accident
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A us Consideration for the family and the seriously injured Maria de Villota the Marussia team waited a long time until the first results of the investigation into the course of the accident were published. Almost two weeks after the horror crash during the test drives in Duxford, England, the first statements about the cause are now available.

No fault with the Marussia car

'The Marussia F1 Team initiated its own analyzes immediately after the crash. The aim of these examinations was to determine the reasons and accompanying factors for the accident and to find out whether there were any effects related to the car for the following British GP, 'explained the racing team in a statement.

'After evaluating all the data and the information available at that time, the team was satisfied that there were no problems with the car itself. The chassis was therefore used in preparation for the race weekend released. '

In addition to the team's internal investigations, an external group of experts was on duty both at the test track in Duxford and at the Marussia factory in Banbury to pinpoint the exact cause of the accident to find out.

Internal investigation into the accident completed

The results of the internal investigation were first forwarded to the independent occupational safety commission HSE (Health & Safety Executive). 'We can say with satisfaction that our internal investigations rule out the car as an accident factor', says team boss John Booth.

Our own analyzes are now concluded. 'We can now concentrate on the important things again - Maria's state of health. The team did not want to tell exactly how the fatal collision with a team truck in which Maria de Villota had lost her right eye came about.

Driving or operating errors by Maria de Villota

If the car was technically in perfect condition and the track, as Marussia emphasizes, was checked and tested by the FIA ​​as a test site was removed, then the only cause of the accident is a driving or operating error on the part of the pilot.

The racing team had recently rejected allegations that the pilot was too inexperienced, saying that it was already the fourth mission in one The team said that the Formula 1 car traded, but De Villota made a mistake on the first round of the straight-line testAt first, experts suspected the anti-stall system, which automatically prevents the engine from stalling when the engine speed is increased. This suspicion was apparently not confirmed. Marussia does not want to make precise statements. A close colleague only said this much: 'Sometimes it is harder to drive a car slowly than it is fast.'


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