Formula 1 Driver Robert Kubica Badly Hurt in Rally Accident [w/ video]
Autosport.com, YouTube, Lotus Renault GP | Published:
Sun Feb 06, 2011
Lotus Renault GP driver Robert Kubica has crashed while competing on the
Ronde di Andora rally on Sunday, suffering multiple fractures to his right arm,
leg and hand. His co-driver Jakub Gerber was not
His team released a statement saying that he is "currently
undergoing surgery at the Santa Corona Hospital in Pietra Ligure." It is
too early to give a prognosis on how well he would recover from the injuries,
but it appears almost certain that he will miss the start of the Formula 1
season in March. It is clear, though, that the injuries are not
Speaking to reporters outside the hospital, Kubica's
manager Daniel Morelli said: "Surgeons are trying to restore the functionality
of his right hand.
"They have restarted the circulation of blood and
repaired the bone structure. Now they have to think about the muscle
functionality but Robert has a very strong character, he'll be OK."
high-speed crash took place about 3 miles (4.6 kilometers) into the opening
stage of the event, on a stage near the village of Testico in Italy.
Kubica is understood to have swiped a wall and hit a crash barrier in a Super
2000 Skoda Fabia on the first stage of the rally - which he was competing in
shortly after completing the first week of pre-season F1 testing with Renault at
The co-driver has stated that Kubica's
injuries were caused by the end of a crash barrier penetrating the engine
compartment and the footwell of
According to autosport.com's sources at the event, Kubica was
trapped in the car for more than one hour until specialist extraction equipment
could get to the scene of the crash.
Universally liked by the fans and
considered one of the top drivers in F1, Kubica is no stranger to high-speed
crashes. He suffered a concussion alongside a sprained ankle at the 2007
Canadian Grand Prix after hitting a wall at 186 mph (300 km/h). He was released
from the hospital the next day then, but unfortunately is seems that this time
his recovery will not be as swift.
Kubica will likely be replaced by the
reserve driver Bruno Senna (nephew of the late Ayrton Senna).
UPDATE at 4:23 PM: Robert Kubica has successfully completed a seven hour
operation. "We have to wait at least a week to see if his hand survives," said
Italian hand surgery specialist Prof Igor Rossello, adding that it "could be a
year" before the Pole's hand is fully healed, if functionality does indeed
UPDATE 2/8 at 5:40 PM: Kubica's recovery is progressing well. "His
conditions have improved and are good, considering the crash," said Giorgio
Barabino, who is head of the intensive care unit at the hospital. "No infections
have arisen in the post-surgery phase. The limb is well vascularised and his
life parameters are all within the norm. There is a good medical evolution,
considering the heavy traumas suffered.
"As for recovery times, after
this first day we are optimistic on the future: the patient is reacting in an