Lotus Renault driver Robert Kubica shocked the world when he involved in a serious rallying accident. The Pole was contesting the Ronde di Andora rally in a Skoda Fabia when he had a heavy accident on the opening stage when Kubica’s car hit a wall at high speed before striking a crash barrier, seriously injuring his right hand and leg.
Rescue personnel were dashed on the scene but Kubica was trapped in the car for more than one hour because the remote location of the crash meant that extraction equipment and fire engines could not easily reach the scene. His co-driver Jakub Gerber was not injured.
After Kubica was extracted from the crash site, he was transported to Pietra Ligure hospital by helicopter. The 26-year-old underwent a seven-hour operation at the Santa Corona Hospital in Pietra Ligure by Doctor Igor Rossello, a hand specialist, in an attempt to save mobility in the hand. Doctors treating him said it would be several days before it could be deemed to have been successful though. He is currently stable but still in serious condition and he will be sidelined from F1 for at most 1 year.
The news was a disaster to Lotus Renault team and they on the midst of identifying the replacement driver for Kubica, from the 5 drivers from their academy reserve driver squad, to drivers seeking for F1 seats like Nick Heidfield ,Karun Chandhok, Vitantonio Liuzzi or newly signed Force India reserve driver Nico Hulkenberg.
Meanwhile Kubica has received massive flow of good wishes from the F1 community after news of his injuries emerged – with a host of drivers, including Jenson Button, Fernando Alonso, Rubens Barrichello, Heikki Kovalainen and Timo Glock – all expressing their hope that he recovers quickly and join them to race them soon. Even rivals Team Lotus give him well wishes to the Pole.
Our thoughts for this fast and talented Pole and we wish Kubica a speedy recovery.