Kubica airlifted to hospital after serious crash
Formula One driver Robert Kubica has been airlifted to the Pietra Ligure Hospital following a crash during the Ronde di Andorin rally in Italy. Kubica, who topped the timesheets during the last day of testing in Valencia, was driving a Skoda Fabia in the Super 3000 category when his car went off the road and slammed sideways into a church wall at high speed. According to several media his co-pilot Jacub Gerber was unhurt in the crash, but the 26- year old Kubica had to be freed from the wreckage before he could be transported to the Pietro Ligure Hospital, located some 60 kilometres southwest of Genoa.
Renault issued a short statement on the website: "Lotus Renault GP driver 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. Lotus Renault GP will issue another statement as soon as more information is known about Robert's condition."
Lotus Renault leading driver Kubica, who is also a keen rally driver, has according to sources close to the driver, sustained serious injuries, but his life is not in danger. He was 4.6 kilometers away from the start of the first leg of the rally when his car crashed.
It has now officially been confirmed that Kubica has sustained multiple injuries to his right arm, hand and leg. Lotus Renault have confirmed these injuries which were diagnosed after extensive medical checks this morning, and it was also confirmed Kubica was undergoing surgery which started just before 13.00 hrs GMT. The injuries to his hand seem to be very serious, and Igor Rossello, a hand specialist who was rushed to the hospital, will perform the surgery. Kubica also underwent extensive checks to access any possible damage to his internal organs and brain
Roberto Carrozzino, an Italian inner health authority official, told Sky Italia about Kubica's condition: "Certainly it is a very delicate situation, as the first hours always are after a huge trauma, one in which there could also have been a strong bleeding." Asked whether his arm would have to be amputated he replied: "All assessments have yet to be made. An amputation is not a decision that is made so rapidly. I do not confirm or deny this report."
So far there have not been any official comments from the Italian Pietro Liguar Hospital, it is expected they will give an update on Kubica's medical condition as soon as his surgery is finished.
Kubica has participated in several rallies after he left the BMW-Sauber Formula One team in 2009, as the contract he had with BMW did not permit him to participate in rallies. In 2007 he was virtually unscathed when he had a massive crash during the Canadian Grand Prix, in 2003 he was as a passenger involved in a serious road crash, which left him with titanium bolts in his arm.
Any serious injuries would without a doubt jeopardize his participation in the Bahrain Grand Prix, the first race of the Formula One season, on March 13. Brazilian Bruno Senna and Frenchman Romain Grosjean are the Lotus Renault's official third drivers.