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. Leftie (@leftie) said on 6th February 2011, 11:48

    Oh dear, poor Robert
    A hope there’s a lot of false reports at the moment…
    fingers crossed

  2. Robert Kubica is the number one topic on Twitter.

  3. Herr Anon said on 6th February 2011, 11:48

    All just speculation really yet.. The medical update at 13:00GMT should give a definitive answer to questions about his condition. Hope he can recover well though!
    BBC are reporting that he had surgery in 2003 to his arm after an F3 crash, anyone know any more on this?

  4. Pedal to the Vettel (@pedal-to-the-vettel) said on 6th February 2011, 11:53

    BBC say it could be a fracture in both his left arm and leg.

  5. Alexi said on 6th February 2011, 12:01

    Poor Kub :(
    Hope he comes out alright from this even if it takes a while to recover.

  6. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 6th February 2011, 12:01

    Apparently these pictures show Kubica being taken away in an helicopter after his crash:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/lorcarg/

  7. Some pictures emerging of Robert on the stretcher.. not looking good. :S

  8. Pedal to the Vettel (@pedal-to-the-vettel) said on 6th February 2011, 12:12

    People now saying his right hand is badly hurt

  9. MacBromba said on 6th February 2011, 12:14

    The first in line is Senna, its really a shame becouse Kubica is one of my favorites…
    i think Renault will test bouth drivers Senna and Grosgean… looks like Kubica is gonna stay in bed for a while…. i hope he recover 100%.

  10. Oliver said on 6th February 2011, 12:14

    What is of concern to me is that his overalls seems to have been partially taken off, as if CPR was carried out, do hope that is not the case though.
    This is nothing short of a disaster.

    • This is done for exposure. Some occult injuries are missed unless the patient is exposed. CPR can be carried out effectively with race suit on. There’s no indication he’s recieved CPR from these photos

      • Oliver said on 6th February 2011, 12:23

        Don’t forget the wear many layers of protective clothing, effective CPR is best done with chest exposed for accurate placement of hands and hence avoiding injury to patient.

        Not saying that is the case here, hoping it isn’t.

        • Adrian J (@adrian-j) said on 6th February 2011, 15:53

          Effective CPR is best carried out as quickly as possible – NOT worrying about removing layers of clothing.

          Clothing provides nothing like the obstacle that layers of body fat do – and most people who receive CPR do have several layers of body fat…

      • Adrian J (@adrian-j) said on 6th February 2011, 15:51

        Also they would want to apply equipment to monitor his vitals which they have to stick to the bare skin.

    • its comments like that which add nothing but fear and rumour. You have no idea what has occurred at the site, so I’d best advise you keep your very illinformed comments to yourself otherwise it just feeds the rumour mill.

      • Oliver said on 6th February 2011, 12:27

        Thanks for your advice but its not needed I’m not starting any rumour here so go pick on someone else.

        • no you’re not starting a rumour, but people saying stupid stuff like “overalls seems to have been partially taken off, as if CPR was carried out” is how rumours start.

          If you’re not a doctor with experience in recoveries you’re in no position to speculate on what has or hasn’t been done based on a couple of photos.

          Comments like yours do not help the situation at all, they only harm it.

          • *not deliberately starting

          • Adrian J (@adrian-j) said on 6th February 2011, 15:56

            I’d just like to add that I can qualify my opinion as I am a First Aider with St John Ambulance and have been to a number of training sessions on trauma scenarios.

            His overalls being open does not in any way indicate that he received CPR – they were almost certainly opened to a) check that there were no injuries that had been missed, b) apply leads to monitor his vitals in transit – both absolutely routine and not to be concerned about.

  11. Alex Bkk (@alex-bkk) said on 6th February 2011, 12:14

    Update from the hospital that Kubi is in at 1400 GMT… a few hours to wait…

  12. Jonathan said on 6th February 2011, 12:15

    Whatever injury he got, it looks like Senna just got his first big break in a competitive car. If he cant keeps up with Petrov, Senna’s career is over.

  13. Lucio Ghigna said on 6th February 2011, 12:16

    Now in “Il secolo XI” it’s written that the right arm is compromised.

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