Kubica Suffers Multiple Fractures, Could Miss F1 Season Start

Lotus Renault GP were handed a serious blow earlier on Sunday, when it was announced that Robert Kubica was hospitalized after being involved in a serious rally crash on the Ronde di Andora rally in Italy. According to the latest info on his medical condition, Kubica is set to miss the start of the 2011 Formula 1 season.

Kubica began his first rally experience at the wheel of a Super 2000 Skoda Fabia on Sunday with a heavy accident in the very opening stage of the rally. Only 4.6 km after the start, the Pole lost control of his car and hit a crash barrier at high speed.

According to sources in Italy, cited by Autosport, Kubica remained trapped in the car for about an hour, until “specialist extraction equipment could get to the scene of the crash.” His injuries look to might have been caused by a crash barrier penetrating his car. However, this is all speculation, as a statement on the causes of the accident is still to be released by Renault.

Kubica was taken by helicopter to the nearest hospital immediately, Santa Corona in Pietra Ligure, where he was diagnosed with multiple fractures to his right arm, leg and hand.

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,” said a statement from Lotus Renault.

Further information about his medical condition and how it will influence his start of the season in F1 will be provided by manager Daniel Morelli, who will hold a press conference later today.

In case Kubica will fail to start the season with Renault because of the injury, his place alongside Vitaly Petrov will be taken by Bruno Senna, as announced by team manager Eric Boullier earlier this week.
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