Marussia test driver Maria De Villota's recovery following an accident eight days ago that resulted in her losing her right eye has been described as "remarkable" by the team.
De Villota required two operations at Addendrooke's Hospital in Cambridge in the wake of a crash at Duxford Airfield that saw the 32-year-old Spaniard run into the tailgate of a stationary service vehicle at the end of an installation run whilst conducting a straightline aero test.
Although her condition was life threatening over the first few days, on Monday De Villota showed enough of an improvement to be moved out of the Neurological Critical Care Unit.
De Villota continues to have her family at her side, but at least is now in a position to converse with them.
A team statement read: "Despite severe injuries, Maria's recovery during that time 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.
"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."