Crash survivor Maria de Villota was terrified when she first saw her injuries from the accident in which she lost an eye.

The Spanish driver hit a Marussia team truck while carrying out a test for the Formula One team before the British Grand Prix.

Giving her first interview since July’s crash, she said: “The first day I looked at myself in the mirror I had 140 black stitches on my face.

Read more in Spanish from Hola magazine

“They looked like they had been stitched with a boat rope – and I had lost my right eye. I was terrified.”

De Villota, who spent a month in hospital after the smash, suffers bad headaches and has lost her senses of smell and taste.

But despite needing more surgery, she insisted: “The worst is now behind.”

Read more about De Villota's recovery at The Sun