Originally Posted by doyle
Very bad testing crash for Marussian this morning. Maria de Villota. After some straight line aero testing, apparently she was coming into their pit area and the speculation is that the anti-stall kicked in and accelerated her under the loading platform of the team's lorry. Head and facial injuries that were initially reported as life threatening.
The anti-stall kicks in when the driver slows and the ECU detects the revs falling too far. It puts the throttle at 50% to keep the engine from stalling. Usually the drivers have the car in neutral by that point and it's a non-issue, but it is suspected that on only her second test, she may have been caught out. Seems a little odd to me that the functionality could be engaged while a gear is selected, but I am not completely sure of it's full parameters.
Best thoughts for her.
Wow, electronics by Toyota.
Hope she's gonna be OK.