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De Villota returns to Spain

ESPN Staff
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Maria de Villota has made "significant progress" in her recovery over the last two weeks © Getty Images
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Marussia test driver Maria de Villota, who lost an eye in an straight-line testing accident earlier this month, has left hospital in the UK and returned to her native Spain.

The team said De Villota has made "significant progress" over the last two weeks in her recovery from head and facial injuries and will now return to her home country to continue her recovery.

"Maria left Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge yesterday (20 July) and returned directly to Spain," a Marussia statement read. "Over the course of the past two weeks, Maria has made significant progress. More comfortable and familiar surroundings, plus the support of her wider family and friends, will undoubtedly provide a more conducive environment in which Maria can commence the next phase of her recovery.

"The Marussia F1 Team have remained in close contact with the medical team at Addenbrooke's Hospital since Maria's admittance and would like to express their gratitude for the remarkable care and attention that she has received there.

"The Marussia F1 Team - the staff, race drivers Timo Glock and Charles Pic, and all those associated with the Team - wish Maria well with the next stage of her recovery. The management team will continue to liaise closely with Maria and her family and provide any assistance possible during the coming months."