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 ?? Lorenzo Cargiolli – http://www.lorcarg.it

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

  1. Trombaka77 said on 6th February 2011, 22:18

    This is going to be a tough period for every F1 fan no matter who he supports the most. I trully believe it is possible he will be capable of returning if it will depend on him and his hard work.

  2. According to the medical staff in Pietra Ligure, it seems Kubica will need a year to recover the use of his right arm and hand. Anyway, the staff prefers to wait for another week before giving more detailed information. So we just have to wait now

  3. Thomas said on 6th February 2011, 22:47

    You might not now but there’s another surgery. There’s sth wrong with Robert’s leg and it’s really serious:(

    • Mister Nillionaire (@mister-nillionaire) said on 6th February 2011, 22:50

      IF true, this is devastating news…

    • Adrian J (@adrian-j) said on 7th February 2011, 9:18

      If, as reported, he broke his femur then that is a serious injury, but let’s not confuse “serious” with “life-threatening”. They will have prioritised his hand because of the loss of circulation which they had to restore – now they may be working on his leg in order to prevent any deformity in the way the bone heals.

      (Of course this is all guess-work until we hear something concrete).

      People come back from serious injuries all the time with the correct treatment and rehabilitation.

  4. Thomas said on 6th February 2011, 22:51

    The surgery will last until midnight. It is true, sadly.

  5. Thomas said on 6th February 2011, 22:55

    Theres a polish reporter there and these are informations given by polish television.

  6. Lukas said on 6th February 2011, 22:56

    in Polish news I heard that Kubica is out for this season, no chance to come back this season
    Hope you to recover Robert

  7. Lukas said on 6th February 2011, 23:00

    does anyone knows any more information about Kubica, how is he? and is it true that he is having second surgery?

  8. chaostheory said on 6th February 2011, 23:17

    I’m devastated. This whole Sunday was a nightmare.
    But if I feel this way think what his parents must feel like, and his closest friends … All my prayers goes to them.
    And I want to thank all you guys commenting here, and respect to Mauro Moreno and Corrado Bonato who were starting behind Kubica/Gerber and stopped to help.

  9. Solo (@solo) said on 6th February 2011, 23:22

    Well as it seems all we can hope is that he will manage to recover. Considering the news we are getting the “when” is now irrelevant.

  10. Robert said on 7th February 2011, 0:02

    Terrible, terrible news. I won’t even be passing this onto my friends who are enjoying the Superbowl as I know it’ll ruin any fan’s night to hear this. I just hope he can race again one day.

  11. choiMatthew (@choimatthew) said on 7th February 2011, 0:37

    i hope he’ll be back in F1 in the near future… it seems like the injuries that he sustained in his arm are pretty bad according to the doctor’s description

  12. That is a very sad news…. Hope he gets well soon….. and is back in action. He is a very talented driver.

    Get well soon Robert…. Very sad that he had to go through something like this in 2007 Canadian GP.

  13. nannini said on 7th February 2011, 6:21

    Nic Robert. Lots a luv.

  14. Lord_S said on 7th February 2011, 9:26

    On-board camera from the car behind Kubica:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALbxMiwf4nw

    • chaostheory said on 7th February 2011, 10:41

      Thanks.
      Damn its narrow there. You have to have big balls to drive there. And I wonder if Kubica (as the one new to the track and to the car) was warned about this place – the driver in this video says something like its a dangerous place of this stage…

      • Mister Nillionaire (@mister-nillionaire) said on 7th February 2011, 11:16

        Copilot: “Ok, ok, move”

        Pilot: “Got hurt?”

        C: “He got hurt, he got hurt”

        P: swears when turn off the machine

        C: “Ok ok ok, stop there stop there”

        P: “Oh God.. I knew he would crash there”

        According to franknos90 @youtube.

        Wow. Nice of him to stop though :(

  15. Thoughts are with you Robert. Its weird you just don’t expect modern F1 drivers to suffer these sorts of injuries when driving. All the safety in F1 sometimes makes you forget how vulnerable drivers are in other vehicles.

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