Kubica Involved in a High Speed Accident
Robert Kubica has been airlifted to hospital following a high speed crash during an Italian rally event he was part-taking in on Sunday. While his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening, there are conflicting reports as to their extent. Lotus Renault GP released a statement saying: "Robert Kubica, suffered an accident at high speed this morning while competing in the Ronde di Andora Rally.The driver was airlifted to Pietra Ligure Hospital, where he is currently undergoing medical checks. His co-driver is fine." Adding that the team would issue another statement as soon as more information was known about the Polish driver's condition. Kubica was driving a Skoda Fabia in the Super2000 category of the Rally Ronde di Andora when his car left the road at high speed and crashed into a church wall, about 4.6km from the start. His co-driver, Jacub Gerber, emerged from the wreck unhurt, however, Kubica remained inside. According to the Savona News Kubica was conscious after the accident but was rushed to hospital with what they described as "several fractures". Whilst other reports suggested he had sustained breaks to his left arm and leg. Kubica already has titanium bolts in his left arm following a serious road accident in 2003, which has led to some reports suggesting doubts about his ability to continue in the sport. Kubica is a known rally enthusiast, and has entered several competitions in the past and even mentioned the possibility of making it his career post-Formula One. It is also believed that his Renault contract includes a clause which specifically allows him to take part in these events. However, if his injuries are as reports suggest, it looks unlikely that Kubica will be back to full health before the start of the new Formula 1 season, which begins on 13th March in Bahrain. Meaning it looks like Lotus Renault GP will call upon one of their 2011 reserve drivers, which include Bruno Senna, who raced for the HRT last season, and Frenchman Romain Grosjean, who drove for Renault as a replacement for Nelson Piquet Jr in 2009. Kubica's accident will be a knock back for the team, who were hoping to improve on the Krakow-born driver's impressive performance last season to finish eighth in the drivers' table, securing second at Melbourne, and third in Monaco and Belgium. Update The Lotus Renault GP team released a further press release with regards to Robert Kubica's condition this afternoon. They said: "After undergoing extensive medical checks this morning, Robert Kubica has been diagnosed with multiple fractures to his right arm, leg and hand. He is currently undergoing surgery at the Santa Corona Hospital in Pietra Ligure."