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Hulkenberg and Liuzzi keen to replace Kubica

Robert Kubica looks set to miss the start of the 2011 season after suffering severe arm injuries in a high speed rally crash in Italy at the weekend. Kubica’s prognosis is still unknown, although it has been suggested that it may take the Polish driver anywhere between five months to a year to make a full recovery. Lotus Renault GP have both Bruno Senna and Romain Grosjean as reserve drivers. Although, team boss Eric Boullier has admitted he may have to weigh up other options depending on Kubica‘s recovery time. Meanwhile, Ex-Renault boss Flavio Braitore, who visited Kubica in hospital on Monday, is reported by ESPNF1 as saying he thinks a more experienced pair of hands is needed. "The difference is that it is not going to be for one race but probably all of the first half of the season. So it has to be an experienced driver. The team has come forward compared to last year, so they will need someone who knows how to race at the front." Nico Hulkenberg who made a great impression in his rookie year in Formula One last year, after securing a pole position in Brazil is one option many media sources have started to place in the frame as Kubica’s replacement. However, the young German driver has just signed a contract to test for Force India this season. Although, a member of his management team has said he would be open to an approach from Renault: "We have a contract with Force India and we will not take the initiative to contact Renault," Timo Gans told The Daily Mail "If Renault should contact us we will start thinking about that, but we are not doing that yet. Hopefully Robert gets well soon." Although, Tonio Liuzzi, who recently lost his seat at Force India to Paul di Resta for 2011 despite having a contract, has said he is also keen to step in to the role given the opportunity. Speaking to the Italian driver said "It's obvious that when Renault should be sure that Robert won't be able to step in the car, this chance might be open and I hope to be chosen instead of somebody else,"

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