2011 F1 season
Robert Kubica’s doctor Ricardo Ceccarelli says the Renault driver is “getting better every day” but it’s too soon to tell when he could make a return to the cockpit.
Ceccarelli told journalists in Barcelona: “Robert is getting better every day. I see that he’s recovering physiologically very quickly.
“This isn’t a surprise for us as we know Robert very well. It’s a big surprise though for the doctor at the hospital. It’s good news as they are satisfied how he’s reacting to the surgery.
“We are very happy with the surgery, we are just not happy about the accident. We were lucky we had a very high level specialist from the beginning to work with him. As Robert is so strong that’s really when our main hopes come from, with him you never know.
“He is still at the same hospital which is good as it’s very well organised there. They are giving him the best physiotherapy sessions every day, so it makes no sense to move him from there. They have the right structure to take care of him at this moment.”
Ceccarelli said it’s “impossible to say” whether Kubica will need further surgery: “Probably not as everything is going very well.
“We are lucky as there have been no complications. We don’t plan any other surgery at the moment, there is no reason too.”
Kubica is undergoing daily physiotherapy and exercise: “Just a simple routine to help work and recover the body.”
But Ceccarelli said it’s too soon to talk about a return to racing: “We can’t answer. Nobody can. Honestly I’m not a magician.
“The surgeons did a great job and Robert is strong but there is a third fracture. Nobody knows the nature of this and how quick it may take for him to recover. It’s impossible to answer at this time. We have two positive aspects, the job did by the doctors and how strong Robert is.”
He added: “Robert is moving his fingers and his wrist so he’s good.”
Ceccarelli described Kubica’s injuries as “different” and “more difficult” than those he suffered in a road accident in 2003:
“It’s completely different injuries to last time, more of a difficult situation. Last accident was one month to recover, here it will be longer.
“I know everyone wants to know when, but I can’t answer as this would be stupid. It will take a long time, that’s all we know. We will see day by day how it’s going. After a month we will know more.”
He added: “The body has a capacity to react and is different from person to person. Day by day we have to understand what he needs and only then we can decide when and what type of rehabilitation he will need.
“The situation is as per the last statement, nothing different.”
Quotes and additional reporting by Leandra Graves
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