No further investigation into de Villota’s testing accident

Motor Racing - Formula One World Championship - Spanish Grand Prix - Practice Day - Barcelona, Spain

It has been confirmed this morning after an investigation into Maria de Villota’s accident when testing a Marussia Formula 1 car in 2012 has concluded today that no action will be taken against the parties involved.

De Villota crashed into an articulated trailer while carrying out a straightline test for Marussia at Duxford Aerodrome. She lost her right eye but was able to make a full recovery from her other injuries. Sadly, she passed away in October 2013 when she was only 33 years of age.

Soon after the incident, the Marussia team ruled out any problems on the car as the cause following its own in-depth investigation.

And the Health and Safety Executive, whose remit is to investigate incidents where someone has been injured as a result of a work activity, has now concluded its own enquiry. In an statement to the press this morning, an HSE spokesperson stated the following:-

‘The investigation into the incident has now concluded and no enforcement action will be taken against any parties involved.’

The Marussia team still competes in Formula 1 but now under the Manor name and it is not commenting following the HSE’s study.

All you can say is that the team and now the HSE have confirmed that no further action will be taken against anyone involved in the investigation. Even though that is surely great news for everyone associated with this; it will never replace the sad loss that Formula One has suffered after de Villota’s death and now that everything has been settled on the matter; may we continue to remember her in the manner she would have wanted to; with her track record in the sport.

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