Injured F1 test driver Maria de Villota has been taken off sedation and is talking to her family, the Marussia team revealed.
The team said that, despite the serious injures she suffered eight days ago in her testing accident at Britain's Duxford airfield, her recovery has been "remarkable."
"Following two successful surgical procedures in the days following the accident, last Saturday the medical team at Addenbrooke's Hospital began to gradually reduce the level of Maria's sedation," Marussia said in a statement. "By Sunday morning, Maria was awake and able to speak to her family, which provided a very important – albeit early – indication that there were positive signs for Maria's recovery.
"Since that time, Maria has been making small but significant steps.
She was moved out of the Neurological Critical Care Unit on Monday and is no longer receiving sedation. Her family remain by her side and she is communicating freely with them and the medical team. Medical assessments are ongoing to monitor Maria's improving condition."
De Villota was involved in a freak accident while carrying out straightline testing for the team at Duxford on July 3. She lost her right eye in the accident, which occurred when her car suddenly picked up speed when coming into the pit area, and struck the back of a support truck.