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

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  1. Cypher said on 6th February 2011, 12:57

    No confirmation about amputation. News to be expected at 2 pm CET are post poned due to surgery which is in progress. Surgery to the hand is to stop the bleeding

  2. The news has been moved back 2 hours. to 15:00 GMT.

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 6th February 2011, 13:16

      Seems they are working on that hand to get it right as best as possible.
      At least means it will not be amputated I suppose, but I fear it will take a long period of time to come back in the car.

  3. f1fan said on 6th February 2011, 13:05

    this news ruined my day :(
    hope its not terrible

  4. Stefanauss (@stefanauss) said on 6th February 2011, 13:07

    Really really hope it’s not that bad.

  5. Black day for Robert and for his fans. I hope and wish he will be good and his career wouldn’t be R.I.P after that.

  6. Press conference as been put back by 2 hours.. hopefully thats a good thing!

    I gotta go to bed. It’s 2am here :)

  7. mamenf1f (@mamenf1f) said on 6th February 2011, 13:12

    A full and speedy recovery, Robert

  8. when i read about kubica crash few hours ago I thought it just minor rally accident. but couple of hours past and when the photos of the crash been circulated on the web and more so the conflicting news all around.. man… I hope he’ll be okay.

  9. SPIDERman said on 6th February 2011, 13:18

    formula 0ne drivers need not put their F1 careers at risk by taking part in these types of off track rallye sports.
    i hope Kubica recovers but the news about his hands is not good if true.

  10. Menkaure (@) said on 6th February 2011, 13:19

    speedy recovery, Robert!!!!!!!!!

  11. Damon (@damon) said on 6th February 2011, 13:23

    “14:22 A surgery on Robert’s hand has started, conducted by doctor Igor Rossello in the Pietra Ligure hospital.”

    • It’s actually a very informative video There’s a massive hole in the footwell, you can see the floor from in side the car. Must have been a massive impact, circa 50mph head on almost.

      • Hynee (@hynee) said on 6th February 2011, 13:32

        The hole could have been cut post-accident, to help extract Robert. Thanks for link.

        • They extracted him from the drivers side. The cut roll cage is clear in the video. If they did cut the bottom of the car. Perhaps they needed to free his feet? Although no comment has been made about feet injuries

          • Mister Nillionaire said on 6th February 2011, 13:43

            You can tell from the pictures provided earlier that at least his right foot is okay (i.e. not covered in blood or anything).

  12. According to F1Lite on Twitter:

    “We can give you this statement which is supposedly from a source at the hospital. Again, we cannot confirm it’s validity or accuracy. It essentially says Kubica has a broken femur, internal bleeding and broken hand which is under operation – with amputation an option.”

    • well, that’s at least 12 weeks out :(

      That puts him out until the Turkish GP in May. he’ll miss the first 4 GP’s at least. We’re looking at Spain, Monaco sort of time realistically if not later.

  13. HoolyF1 (@hoolyf1) said on 6th February 2011, 13:27

    Hope he is ok….i think he could have done quite well this season
    he showed it in testing

  14. Victor. said on 6th February 2011, 13:27

    His hand is being operated, but he could still lose his hand. He also has internal bleeding which the doctors are trying to stop.

    • Internal bleeding 5 hours after the event can’t be a good thing :S

    • umar ahmed said on 6th February 2011, 14:27

      but he could still lose his hand

      Why do you want to speculate? Never think about negative things. Be positive. Almighty will pull him through this.

  15. Forget who’ll replace him. I just hope he’s ok and wish him a speedy recovery. He is a huge talent and one of the most likable drivers on the grid.

  16. danielbts said on 6th February 2011, 13:34

    boulier said senna will be 1st choice at the launch

  17. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 6th February 2011, 13:37

    Hope he’s alright! Good job LRGP have more reserve drivers than I can count.

  18. summers (@summers) said on 6th February 2011, 13:39

    Live updated info about Robert in Italian:
    http://www.blogf1.it/2011/02/06/incidente-al-rally-grave-kubica/

    plus some photos

    • – Seems it took an hour to cut him free.
      – the guard rail went through the foot well
      – Right hand was crushed
      – Possibly a mechanical failure

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