Robert Kubica has had yet another operation but the "first phase" of his recovery from horrific injuries is over.
That was the announcement of Renault team boss Eric Boullier on Tuesday after he flew to Italy following the Turkish grand prix to visit the Polish driver.
"Robert has made another step forward in his rehabilitation process and doctors are pleasantly surprised by the way in which his condition is improving," he said.
Boullier said Kubica's most recent operation was to "remove the unavoidable adhesions that are affecting the functionality of his forearm and elbow muscles".
"The first one was done today and everything went according to plan," revealed the Frenchman.
"Now, it is a matter of time and even if patience isn't Robert's first quality, he is fully aware that rehabilitation could be quite a long process," added Boullier.