Formula One test driver Maria de Villota has lost her right eye after a crash in testing for the Marussia team.

Marussia said on Wednesday that the 32-year-old Spaniard is in a critical but stable condition in a hospital after the accident at an English airfield on Tuesday morning.

She is the sport’s first full-time female driver since Italy’s Giovanna Amati with the Brabham team in 1992.

The team said she was treated in a lengthy procedure for serious head and facial injuries sustained in the accident, when her racing car collided with a team vehicle.

De Villota underwent an operation that began on Tuesday afternoon and lasted until Wednesday morning. She was treated by neurological and plastic surgery teams.

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