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De Villota remains in critical but stable condition

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Maria de Villota remains in a critical but stable condition © Getty Images

Maria de Villota's family have issued a statement saying they have been able to "take encouragement" from Villota's stable condition since her accident at Duxford earlier this week.

Villota remains in a critical but stable condition at Addenbrooke's Hospital, where she underwent surgery after her accident during a straight-line test with Marussia on Tuesday. Due to the injuries she sustained, Villota lost her right eye but she has remained in a stable condition following on from the surgery.

"Maria remains in a critical but stable condition here at Addenbrooke's Hospital," her sister Isabel said in a statement. "While there is no further news than that at present, we have at least been able to take encouragement from the fact that Maria has remained stable throughout since the accident, particularly during the first night following such a lengthy surgical procedure as she experienced yesterday.

"We, the family, are supporting each other here at Maria's side and we take great comfort from the remarkable medical care she has been receiving. We remain positive and this is due, in no small part, to the overwhelming expression of love and support for Maria from every corner of the world. We would also wish to thank everyone at the Marussia F1 Team for all the care and attention they have shown us over the past few days."