Kubica to Miss Entire 2011 F1 Season Due to Hand Injury

Robert Kubica could miss the entire 2011 Formula 1 season due to injuries resulted from his serious rally crash in Italy, on Sunday. The Polish driver underwent a 7-hour operation at the Santa Corona Hospital in Pietra Ligure yesterday, at the end of which doctors were able to save his right arm by reattaching his blood supply. However, recovery could take up to one year.

The Renault F1 driver was involved in an accident in the opening stage of Ronde di Andora rally, when his car hit a crash barrier at high speed. According to reports, the barrier penetrated his Skoda Fabia S2000 rally car and produced serious injuries to his right arm, leg and hand.

Although initial reports in Italy midway through Sunday indicated that arm amputation was a possibility, the doctors managed to avoid danger during a lengthy medical intervention. However, a definitive verdict could only emerge in a few weeks time, as confirmed by hand specialist Doctor Igor Rossello.

We need to wait for a week at least to verify whether the hand survives,” said Rosello to the Italian media, according to Autosport. “The nerve lesions are the ones that leave us with the most question marks over the recovery of functions.

The doctor also warned that rehabilitation, if the surgery proves successful, could take up to one year. Meaning the Polish driver will not be able to drive a car for the upcoming 12 months. However, Rossello did admit that these recoveries have a tendency to last shorter when it comes to racing drivers.

Rehabilitation will be relatively long, probably one year. He came here with multiple traumas, with several associated injuries. He won't necessarily have to undergo further surgery on the hand, but he will if needed.

One year is the best provision,” he added. “I think it is quite difficult now, but you never know. Drivers are always very special patients. I have a lot of motorbike patients and they heal in a much faster way - faster than normal people.”

Kubica's being sidelined for the entire F1 season will give Bruno Senna the opportunity to do a second consecutive campaign in the series, as he was confirmed the reserve driver for Lotus Renault a week back.
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