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Kubica suffers multiple injuries in rally crash

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Kubica suffers multiple injuries in rally crash
06 Feb 2011

Renault race driver Robert Kubica has been diagnosed with multiple fractures to his right arm, leg and hand after suffering a high-speed accident on Sunday while competing in the Ronde di Andora Rally in Italy.

Kubica, a regular in rallying events alongside his F1 career, was airlifted from the scene of the crash and has been undergoing surgery at the Santa Corona Hospital in Pietra Ligure. His co-driver Jakub Gerber was unhurt.

It means Kubica will be forced to miss this week’s Formula One test session at Jerez in Spain, and also puts him in doubt for the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix next month. Top of the list to stand in for the Pole will be Bruno Senna, who raced for HRT last season and was announced as a Renault third driver earlier this week.

Reports suggest that Kubica lost control of his Skodia Fabia and hit a wall during Sunday’s opening rally stage. Renault are expected to release more details on his condition later on Sunday.
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Robert Kubica condition: UPDATE

Robert Kubica condition: UPDATE
Lotus Renault GP has released an update regarding the injuries sustained by Robert Kubica following the Pole's accident on the Ronde di Andora Rally close to Genoa in Italy today
An update has been released on Robert Kubica's condition following his rallying crash in Italy this morning, with the Lotus Renault GP star having been diagnosed with multiple fractures to his right arm, leg and hand, his team has revealed in an official statement.

Following a high-speed accident less than five kilometres into the second edition of the Ronde di Andora Rally close to Genoa today (Sunday), Kubica was airlifted to the Santa Corona Hospital in Pietra Ligure, where he has since undergone extensive medical checks and is currently undergoing surgery.

The greatest fear is for the Pole's hand, which has reportedly been crushed and risks requiring amputation. The other concern is that following an F3 accident back in 2003 that left him with a broken arm, should the latest injury complicate that fracture, it could seriously endanger or even destroy his F1 career.

Kubica's accident is sure to call into question the wisdom of F1 teams allowing their drivers to indulge in dangerous extra-curricular activities, following the examples of Juan-Pablo Montoya – whose relationship with McLaren-Mercedes never truly recovered following an early-season motocross-related shoulder injury in 2005 – and Mark Webber, whose own brace of mountain-biking falls in recent years have been well-documented.

Should Kubica be forced to miss the start of the F1 2011 World Championship campaign – as would seem all-but certain – it remains unclear as to whether he will be replaced by Bruno Senna or Romain Grosjean, although former ITV-F1 commentator James Allen muses on his internet blog that 'the sight of the Senna yellow helmet in a black-and-gold Lotus-sponsored car will be too much to resist for the marketing people...'
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Terrible news. Best wishes for Robert & his family. May he recover fully.

This unfortunate accident may cost him dearly. In F1 especially, its "out of sight - out of mind". No rally win is worth losing an F1 ride. There is just too much at stake.

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Renault’s Robert Kubica facing year out after rally crash

Renault’s Robert Kubica facing year out after rally crash | Formula 1 | The Sport Review


Renault driver will require lengthy recovery period after having surgery following rallying accident

Renault’s Robert Kubica could be out of action for a year after he was seriously injured in a rallying accident in Italy on Sunday.

The 26-year-old sustained multiple fractures after a serious high-speed crash during the opening stage of the Ronde di Andora club rally on Sunday morning in the village of Testico.

Kubica was trapped in the car for over an hour after the incident before extraction equipment and fire engines could reach the remote location, but once freed he was airlifted to a local hospital for a medical assessment

“Unfortunately the impact with the guardrail caused serious harm,” Kubica’s manager Daniele Morelli told Italian media outside the Santa Corona Hospital near Genoa.

“He has been diagnosed with multiple fractures to his leg and right arm, especially complications related to his right hand. We shall see later if the operation was successful. The clinical picture is not easy. We expect to make the necessary assessments tonight.”

“The surgeons are trying to restore the functionality of his right hand. We must now think about the muscle function, but Robert has a very strong temper and will succeed.

“The important thing is that Robert recovers, as it has already proven to do with the incident in Canada. On that occasion it took him three months to get back on track.”

Kubica could now miss the whole of the 2011 season which is due to begin in Bahrain next month.

“We have to wait at least a week to see if his hand survives,” said Italian hand surgery specialist, Igor Rossello. “The nerve lesions are the ones that leave us with the most question marks over the recovery of functions.

“Rehabilitation will be relatively long, probably one year. He came here with multiple traumas, with several associated injuries. He won’t necessarily have to undergo further surgery on the hand, but he will if needed.

“I think it is quite difficult now, but you never know. Drivers are always very special patients. I have a lot of motorbike patients and they heal in a much faster way – faster than normal people.”

Kubica’s co-driver, Jakub Gerber, escaped unharmed from the wreckage of the Skoda Fabia S2000, but could not explain how the accident occurred.

“We were driving the first four kilometres of the first trial,” Gerber said. “I was looking at my notes and didn’t notice that the car skidded.

“Only after the moment of impact did I see that Robert was holding his arm and shortly afterward he lost consciousness.”

Many commentators have already mooted a promotion of test driver Bruno Senna into Kubica’s seat for the new season, but Renault could look elsewhere for a more experienced driver given the relative lack of experience in the team.

Nick Heidfeld and Tonio Liuzzi are both experienced drivers, and are currently unattached for the 2011 season, while wilder speculation has linked former McLaren and Ferrari driver Kimi Räikkönen with the seat.

Renault team boss Eric Boullier said: “His hand is injured. It is too early and impolite to think of a replacement driver. We are waiting for news of Robert and how long he will be out of action before we think of taking such a decision.”
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That's tough; I hope it's not as bad as it sounds.

I'd personally be opposed to teams "owning" their drivers and telling them what and where they can race, so long as they fulfill their contracts. Racers race. It's more than their job, it's their life.

My best wishes for a speedy, full recovery for Mr. Kubica.

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This is terrible. I'm afraid the near complete severing of his right hand is going to end his F1 career. They are doing some amazing things to reconnect the blood vessels, tendons and nerves but regaining full functionality is a long shot.

My heart goes out to him; he was one on the grid I really liked. I hope for a miracle.
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He's apparently moving his fingers again. I know that's a long way off from a complete recovery, but it is very good news indeed, especially this fast.

Kubica moving fingers again - Yahoo! Eurosport
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After reading all the news about the injuries that Kubica has, I'm inclined to believe that Heidfeld will replace him at Renault for the 2011 season. All their actual reserve drivers are too young and inexperienced.
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After reading all the news about the injuries that Kubica has, I'm inclined to believe that Heidfeld will replace him at Renault for the 2011 season. All their actual reserve drivers are too young and inexperienced.
Or they might go for young Hulk, who showed flashes of brilliance last year, but they'll probably opt for a seasoned driver who can help develop the car.

Well, they could make a call to Kimi....
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