• Feb 8th 2011 at 5:29PM
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Robert Kubica arrives at Santa Corona hospital in Pietra Ligure, Italy

The Lotus Renault GP team has issued another update on the progress of its star pilot Robert Kubica. The Polish driver, for those who haven't been following, crashed during the Ronde di Andorra in Italy on Sunday – just weeks before the start of the F1 season – and was airlifted to a local hospital where doctors treated him for multiple fractures and severed tendons in his right limbs.

With the bulk of the procedures now behind him, Kubica is conscious (some reports state that he was revived from a medically-induced coma), and conversing with his doctors as well as visiting relatives and colleagues. Later this week, Kubica will have to undergo additional surgery (for his right shoulder and foot), to be followed by another procedure a few days later. He's expected to stay at the Santa Corona Hospital where he has been since the crash for another two or three weeks, after which he'll likely be transfered to another location to rehabilitate, likely for between five months and a full year.

With his recovery underway but a long road ahead, Renault will need to find someone to temporarily take his place for the impending season. Although the team has both Bruno Senna and Romain Grosjean – both recent F1 drivers – on contract, the team is reportedly examining all of its options. Among them are Force India drivers Tonio Liuzzi and Nico Hulkeberg, both of which raced last season and have proven themselves competitive drivers. Liuzzi lost his seat this year at Force India, while Hulkenberg took a test-driver role with the team when he lost his seat at Williams.

[Source: Lotus Renault GP, ESPN | Image: Silvio Fasano/AP]
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Today, Robert's general condition has once again improved. According to the doctors, the levels of inflammation are in the norm considering his medical condition, and the recovery of his forearm remains encouraging.

Yesterday, Robert was able to talk to his doctors and relatives. His medication makes him sleep quite a lot, but he is responding to all external stimulation. He has reacted well to the news about his condition and is ready to fight for his comeback.

On Thursday, Robert should undergo some more surgery in order to stabilise the fractures to his right shoulder and right foot. Three or four days later, another operation will allow his elbow fracture to be stabilised as well.

Robert will remain at the Santa Corona Hospital for two to three weeks. A decision will then be taken about where he should go in order to continue his rehabilitation.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      He'll return.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Get well soon,Robert.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Kimi!!!!! What is he up to anyways?
        • 4 Years Ago
        He started his own rallying team.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Give Heidfeld the seat Renault! He is a consistent performer. Yeah...his luck wasn't that great, but 2008-2009 he finished more races than most drivers ever!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'd like to see Senna with a real car. I don't think he has had a fair chance in F1.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Good luck, bud. Long road, but we're wishing you luck at a good life, in any form,

      And as far as a "medically induced coma", that would be anesthesia. Which I would certainly hope anyone would get for those extensive operations.

      He appears intubated in the photo, though. Not sure if that is at the original time of the wreck or during an interfacility transfer, though.

      The real question is what happens when the sedation is turned off...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Robert will be back soon enough. He made it through that horrible crash in Canada, He will make it through this. He is a very strong and driven individual. As far as a replacement driver I would go with Hulkenberg over Liuzzi.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Okay then look at Massa's crash in Hungary. He nearly lost his eye sight but he came back just as strong. Everyone said they same thing that his career was over. These guys have the best doctors in the world working with them.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Comparing this to the Canadian GP accident is apples to oranges. Robert got a mild concussion and a sprained ankle in the Canada accident.

        He had severed limbs in this crash and has much more significant injuries in this crash that could very well end his career.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If I were Lotus Renault I'd put Hulkenberg in the vacant seat without any hesitation. Whoever the replacement may be though, they'll have big shoes to fill. Really hoping the accident won't keep Kubica out of racing for long.
        • 4 Years Ago
        He works as a test driver for Pirelli. don't know if his contract allows him to leave from one day to another. Don't forget that 2010 was Hülkenbergs first season, the only reason why Williams let him go was a paydriver with an enormous amount of cash. I'd choose him too

        • 4 Years Ago
        Scratch that, I'd take Kubica's old teammate Nick Heidfeld. I'm pretty sure he doesn't have a seat for 2011.
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