Kubica able to move fingers
Robert Kubica was able to move his fingers this morning after undergoing a seven hour operation on Sunday evening to fix injuries he sustained in a high speed rally accident. Lotus Renault GP released another statement on Monday morning saying "Robert’s general condition is much better today." Adding that after the Polish driver had spent the night under constant observation, he was briefly woken up by the doctors of the Santa Corona Hospital (Pietra Ligure) on Monday morning, and was able to talk to his relatives. The team were also quick to add that "he was also able to move his fingers, which is encouraging for the rest of his recovery process." It was also noted that Professor Mario Igor Rossello, Director for the Regional Centre of Hand Surgery at San Paolo Hospital in Savona, had not noticed any swelling or infection on his right forearm, which is another good sign. However, said it would be several days before it is known if the operation has been 100% successful. In order to prevent any physical stress, Kubica has now been put under gentle medication, which will allow him to sleep for the next 24 hours at least, whilst the doctors decide how they will treat his elbow and shoulder fractures. The Lotus Renault GP driver may have to undergo more surgery, but not for a few days. Speaking about Kubica's recovery time, team principal Eric Boullier said to the BBC that he expected Kubica to miss at least the first two months of the 2011 Formula 1 season. Whilst he was also quick to reiterate in an interview with ANSA that the team backed Kubica's decision to take part in the event on Sunday despite how close it was to the start of the new F1 season. "Rallying is what Robert loves to do," Boullier said. "We knew the risks and so did he. We didn't want a robot or a corporate man for a driver. It was agreed together." However, the team are now left with the decision on who will replace Kubica for the start of the new season. Speaking about this Boullier said "We are already starting to think and work on a contingency plan. We don't know yet, we are actually waiting to know how long it will take because if it is a short-term replacement we will take one of our reserve drivers. If he has to be longer we may have to consider different options." The team's official third drivers are Brazilian Bruno Senna and France's Romain Grosjean. Both of whom have competed in F1 before. Senna competed last season for the HRT team while Grosjean started seven races for Renault team back in 2009 after replacing Nelson Piquet Jr. However, neither have ever scored a point in Formula One. This has led some media reports to turn their focus to the likes of Nick Heidfeld and Nico Hulkenberg as possible long-term alternatives. Although Hulkenberg is contracted to Force India as a reserve. Fellow F1 drivers have been showing their support for the Polish driver, with Fernando Alonso visiting him late on Sunday, whilst Kubica's Renault team-mate, Vitaly Petrov also visited him with team principal Eric Boullier. Furthermore, Michael Schumacher left a message on his official website saying: "I am still upset by the news about Robert Kubica. It is shocking...just terrible,"