Kubica suffers multiple fractures in rally crash

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Robert Kubica, the Polish Formula One driver of Lotus Renault GP was taken to hospital this morning after crashing out of a super 2000 rally. Kubica has contested in several rallies in the past two years, but this was his first with a super 2000 car.

Lotus Renault GP said in a statement: “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.”

Latest news on the Pole's condition is now that he has suffered several fractures to his right arm, hand and leg. His team confirmed this at 15:08 CET: "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."

With the Formula One season to start in just 5 weeks, it looks unlikely that he will be able to take part in at least the first couple of races. If that would be the race, LRGP reserve driver Bruno Senna is likely to take his place, according to statements made last week by team principal Eric Bouiller.