Speedy Recovery, Robert – Click above for high-res image gallery
The Formula One circus is in Jerez this weekend, testing the latest batch of racecars before the season kicks off next month in Bahrain. But something's missing. Someone actually, and that someone is Robert Kubica.
The Polish driver on the Lotus Renault GP team, as you may have heard, is recovering in the hospital from injuries substained in a rallying accident in Italy that had his car impaled by a roadside guardrail. At the Jerez test his team will be giving a number of drivers – including their own tester Bruno Senna and F1 veteran Nick Heidfeld – a shot at temporarily filling Kubica's seat, but they're not the only ones feeling his absence.
The majority of the teams on the grid have placed special messages of hope for Kubica's recovery somewhere on their cars. Some have placed them on the front wings, some on the sidepods or front keel, while others have placed them on the side of the rear wing. But the message is the same: "Szybkiego powrotu do zdrowia Robert", in his native Polish – speedy recovery, Robert. We've assembled a few close-ups of the messages on the Jerez test cars and placed them for your viewing pleasure in the gallery below, so click on to check 'em out. Thanks for the tip, Arek!