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María de Villota gives first interview following testing accident // De Villota discusses her future as a racing driver

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Spanish driver María de Villota has spoken to the press for the first time since her testing accident at the Duxford Airfield in July. María has been recovering at home after losing her right eye in the crash, and has now spoken out about her future as a racing driver. Talking to Hola magazine in Spain, she said: “The accident has given me a new perspective about life, about the things that matter. It has taught me that achieving what you want means educating yourself in sacrifice through effort.”

María admits that she’s not sure whether she wants to continue racing professionally, but that also it is not just her decision. She said: “It’s about the licence. There are drivers in the US who have lost an eye and still have a licence. You do lose the sense of depth because it is both eyes that give you the perspective. What I’m wondering now is if my future is being a racing driver or if there’s something else I have to do with my life.”

And, more importantly, she wants to get involved with improving safety, particularly at the straight line tests, adding: “At the circuits, everything is under control, but not in this kind of test.”




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