Robert Kubica in rally crash
Lotus-Renault F1 driver suffers multiple fractures as surgeons attempt to repair right hand
Lotus-Renault F1 driver Robert Kubica has been involved in a serious high-speed rallying crash.
He was driving a Skoda Fabia S2000 rally car when it hit a wall in the Ronde di Andora Rally in Italy earlier today. Lotus-Renault GP confirmed the driver suffered ‘multiple fractures to his right arm, leg and hand'.
Co-driver Jakub Gerber escaped unharmed, but Kubica had to be carefully removed from the wreckage by fireman and was immediately airlifted to the Santa Corona Hospital close to Genoa, where he is presently undergoing surgery.
His manager Daniele Morelli was quoted as saying his right hand had been 'revascularised', with surgeons trying to restore its function. In 2003 Kubica suffered severe injuries to the same hand and was left with titanium bolts to secure the shattered bones.
It now means his start to the 2011 F1 season which kicks off in Bahrain next month has been put in jeopardy. Lotus-Renault's official third drivers are Romain Grosjean, and F1 legend Ayrton Senna's nephew, Bruno Senna.
Rubens Barrichello has offered a message of support via his Twitter page. The Brazilian said: "I would like to ask you for your best wishes to Kubica. He is being operated right now. We all like him and he deserves all the best."
2009 F1 champ Jenson Button tweeted: "Shocking news about Robert Kubica. I wish him a speedy recovery."