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Formula One teams take a huge risk when they let one of their star drivers contest other forms of motorsport during the offseason. Never mind questions of focus: crashes happen all the time in every motorsport discipline, and one false step can have disastrous consequences for both driver and team.

Renault, however, has long permitted Robert Kubica to have his run at rallying on the side. Not unlike Kimi Raikkonen, Kubica has been proving himself a competent rally driver, but his skills didn't prevent him from suffering a high-speed crash today at the Ronde di Andora rally. This was the first time Kubica – fresh from topping the time sheets in the third F1 test session at Valencia – was driving a top-spec Super 2000 rally car, in this case a Skoda Fabia, which he crashed during the opening stage.

The Polish driver was airlifted to a local hospital, and though sources confirm that he remained conscious throughout, reports of multiple broken bones are circulating. This close to the opening of the 2011 F1 campaign, observers can't help but wonder what will happen if Kubica isn't well enough to start the season. Fortunately for the team, they've lined up a full roster of reserve drivers, including Bruno Senna, who is tipped as the top among them.

Of course we wish Kubica – who bounced back well from his spectacular crash at the 2007 Canadian Grand Prix – a full and (characteristically) speedy recovery, and hope to see him back at the wheel in full health in short order. Follow the jump for the brief statement from Renault, and watch this space for more.

UPDATE: Lotus Renault GP reports that Kubica is undergoing surgery for multiple fractures to his right hand, arm and leg. Updated statement posted after the jump.

[Sources: Renault, Autosport]
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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.


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.

Robert suffered a high-speed accident this morning while competing in the Ronde di Andora Rally.

Daniel Morelli, Robert's manager, will be available for the press in front of the hospital emergency entrance at 16h30 CET.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      I wish him a speedy recovery...
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is truly awful. One of my favorite guys on the grid. Here's hoping for a speedy recovery, Robert.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The latest new is that he won't get his hand amputated, but It looks like a very long down time for him, if he is ever able to come back to F1. I sure hope he does, for his talent, being the really good person he is (rare in F1) and because he deserves a go at the title with a competitve car.

      Just when the Renault showed great promise. His Karma owes him. Big.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Let's hope he has the same kind of recovery that Massa had. Best of luck Robert!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hope he makes a speedy recovery and can rejoin F1 soon.
      He's always been a driver to reckon with and he showed early
      promise with the Renault last week in Valencia but I fear he may
      not be able to contest the upcoming season. Get well soon Robert!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hope that he recovers as quickly as possible...

      That could be me if I drive recklessly on public roads. I'll make sure I am being careful.
      • 4 Years Ago
      i hope he is okay , and about the kimi raikkonen statement ? what's up with that ?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Kimi did F1 and WRC at the same time. Which is why Renault had no problem with Kubica doing the same thing. Thats all it says its not some great hit generator
        • 4 Years Ago
        The writers at autoblog, i've noticed for sometime, are permanently seeking for text anchors, which are good SEO, but in this quest they are sometimes driving the story to irrelevant topics. To answer your question: the statement was not meant for you, but for google.
        Getting back on the story, rumors are that Robert has a broken leg and, more seriously, a multiple fracture on a hand - amputation might be required :(. Hopefully, this won't happen. Get well soon!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I remember that '07 crash quite clearly. It sucks that he's gone through 'the big one' again. I hope that he makes a speedy recovery and that we see him back for the '11 F1 season.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Duzo zdrowia powodzenia!
      Good luck and good health Robert.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Robert the whole of Poland is with you in these difficult times.
      • 4 Years Ago
      All the best, Kubica!
      • 4 Years Ago
      A very telling photo: http://gallery.ru/watch?ph=Cp7-cT9iT

      If you look closely at the nose from this angle you can see a clear hole straight from the engine through the driver's seat and out the back door. That's where the guardrail went straight through the car and probably mangled Robert's hand and leg.
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