Robert Kubica suffers multiple fractures in Italian rally crash

2011 F1 season

Robert Kubica was taken to hospital by helicopter

Robert Kubica was taken to hospital by helicopter

Robert Kubica has suffered multiple fractures to his right arm, leg and hand following a crash in a rally in Italy.

Kubica was taken to hospital by helicopter following a crash in the Ronde di Andora rally.

Renault have confirmed he is undergoing medical checks but have not given details about his injuries.

A statement from the team said:

“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 16:30 CET (15:30 GMT).

“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.”

He was due to drive at the Jerez test this week. Renault’s third driver is Bruno Senna.

Kubica’s co-driver Jakub Gerber posted “I’m OK” on his Facebook page around an hour ago.

The video below shot earlier in the rally shows the Skoda Fabia S2000 rally car Kubica was driving:

This video shows the aftermath of the crash:

Robert Kubica rally crash

Image ?é?® Lorenzo Cargiolli – http://www.lorcarg.it

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674 comments on Robert Kubica suffers multiple fractures in Italian rally crash

  1. Gwenouille said on 6th February 2011, 10:42

    I think he will probably miss a good part of the start of the season.

    Who is to take his seat ?
    Senna ?
    Grosjean is 3rd pilot too if i remember correctly…

    • Senna will be next in line.

      “[Eric Boullier] did confirm that Senna would be the first reserve if one of the race drivers could not compete.”

      “I will give it to the one that is ready, and this year Bruno is the most ready driver.”

      • Hamish said on 6th February 2011, 11:29

        Knowing the way Renault has operated lately Bruno will get they seat, they will say its actually Ayrton yet claim they don’t care about the history of Lotus.

        No disrespect intended to Ayrton.

        • That is kind of the trend of mouth before thought that they’ve been doing. However it’s a bit too much for me, I think Bahar’s doing the intentionally. ‘Black to the Future’? Come on!

          Senna in a Black and Gold Lotus? Who’d a thunk it…

          .. Bahar that’s who!

          • ( apologies in advance, that comment came across very cynical as I read it out loud :) )

  2. David B said on 6th February 2011, 10:44

    “I think he will probably miss a good part of the start of the season.”.
    Unfortunately it appears to be the case.

    It’s really a pity, since Lotus was really promising…

  3. Dan Newton said on 6th February 2011, 10:47

    Not good! Wish you a quick recovery Robert, we need you fighting for the front of the grid in just over 4 weeks time..

  4. Herr Anon said on 6th February 2011, 10:49

    That’s a massive shame if it is the femur, given how long he’ll have to spend in recovery. Was hoping that the R31 would be a very competitive package this year so we could see Kubica fighting up front again and mixing it with the others!

    • Fixy (@fixy) said on 6th February 2011, 15:27

      Rumors talk of an amputation of an arm.

      • Adrian J (@adrian-j) said on 6th February 2011, 15:38

        It would have to be a VERY bad injury for them to amputate and that is extremely unlikely…

        …this according to my girlfriend who is a trainee surgeon and has just finished her rotation in Orthopaedic Surgery…

        I really hope Robert makes a full recovery – if it’s his Femur then he will miss the start of the season for sure, but may be back sooner than you’d expect…if it is his wrist then that will be more complicated.

        NB: I have F1 headlines on my Google homepage and right in between headlines about Kubica’s crash was the headline “Chandok to test for Team Lotus” – took me a minute to work out that he wasn’t replacing RK…

  5. W-K (@w-k) said on 6th February 2011, 10:51

    Lets hope he gets well soon and can return asap.

    Assume Renault will be looking for a reserve driver who knows the tracks and can quickly get to know the car during the pre-season testing. And one who can give good feedback to the engineers.

  6. It’s all just speculation at the moment, so we don’t really have any idea about how serious his injuries are. Let’s not go ‘jumping the gun’ here, and start writing off anyones season just yet.

  7. Lucio Ghigna said on 6th February 2011, 10:52

    Another Italian newspaper (il secolo XI from Genova) wrote about the risk that Kubica could lose the right hand.
    I hope that’s not the case.

    • SennaNmbr1 (@sennanmbr1) said on 6th February 2011, 11:01

      :O

      Please, no!!!

    • Italian news papers?? If they’re anything like their politicians, I wouldn’t trust a word they say.

      • Fixy (@fixy) said on 6th February 2011, 15:29

        Come on, please, in Italy motorsports (and F1 particularly) are closely followed and since this accident happened in Italy I guess we know the most. But since the operations are undergoing, I guess it’s too early to speak, and I hope so as what has been said is really dramatic.

        • Hare (@hare) said on 6th February 2011, 18:57

          So the video at the top of this article that apparently says his arm has been amputated? That’s quality reporting is it?

          I don’t doubt there are some very good papers in Italy, but clearly.. It’s so easy to get excited when no one knows what’s going on.

    • Mister Nillionaire said on 6th February 2011, 11:04

      Man, this would really suck.
      I wish him all the best!

    • Hamish said on 6th February 2011, 11:06

      Lets not speculate to that extreme.

    • Dipak T said on 6th February 2011, 12:29

      Dear god, I hope not. Hes one of the freindliest people on the grid, and its not even funny to make up something like that.

    • luigismen (@luigismen) said on 6th February 2011, 13:23

      Spanish papers are saying the same thing about Kubica losing a hand.
      Hope he could be racing in no time

  8. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 6th February 2011, 10:54

    While it’s inevitable some people will want to speculate on what it will mean for Renault if Kubica is unable to drive, comments about Bruno Senna “celebrating” are in bad taste and have been removed.

    • Valentino (@valentino) said on 6th February 2011, 10:55

      that’s why I put a smiley face :)
      hope Robert gets better of course,..

    • bloddy rite keith

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 6th February 2011, 12:30

      Thank for that Keith, comments like that are sick and do not belong here.

      I seriously doubt anyone will be feeling great about this, all drivers know only too well what it means to have something like this happening.

    • Thanks for taking action Keith, was going to Tweet you about it…

    • Helio (@helio) said on 6th February 2011, 13:24

      Damn right, Keith.

      Myself being Brazilian, and a fan of Bruno, I can’t bear to think of anyone sane celebrating these events.

      Kubica is a great F1 driver, not to mention a great person. Even if he wasn`t, it is utterly absurd to talk about it.

      I’m sure Bruno is sad and worried about Kubica right now, and i’m positive that this is NOT the way he wanted to get to drive that Renault.

    • Fixy (@fixy) said on 6th February 2011, 15:30

      I was afraid of reading some comments like that, but now I know some people are really un-human.

      • US_Peter (@us_peter) said on 6th February 2011, 18:38

        That’s what happens on the internet. People feel emboldened by the thin veil the internet provides, and feel they can behave in a way they never would with other people face to face. I have a good friend whom I love dearly in person, but online he’s a giant ***-hole.

  9. Mister Nillionaire said on 6th February 2011, 10:54

    According to Kubica’s father ‘it looks nasty’.
    There should soon be a press conference from Ronde di Andora updating on his condition.

  10. Lucio Ghigna said on 6th February 2011, 11:00

    Update from “La gazzetta” : Robert Kubica is not in danger of life.

    • good news.. just some discomfort and his travel plans are rearranged.

      Rally cars are pretty damned safe these days, but still, big shunts do happen. He’s a tough lad is Robert, I’m sure he’ll be back desperate to use his new car to win races.

  11. Maciek said on 6th February 2011, 11:00

    For what it’s worth, blurbs on Polish news station TVN.24 are along the lines of: the car hit a wall, had to be be cut open to get Kubica out, he’s conscious in hospital, several fractures to arm and leg, co-driver uninjured.

  12. matt88 (@matt88) said on 6th February 2011, 11:03

    According to “La Gazzetta dello Sport”, he has broken his arm and wrist. The worst moment for an injury of this extent, he’ll probably lose all pre-season testing… :(

  13. csingu (@csingu) said on 6th February 2011, 11:04

    Terrible news. I am completely struck down.. hope he gets better soon, you deserve a WDC Robert!

  14. Story is, he crashed on the ‘way to the start of the rally’. So no safety features on track then, a proper wall?

  15. Funkyf1 said on 6th February 2011, 11:10

    Who cares about his replacement! Wish you well Robert and a speedy recovery

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