An update has been released on Robert Kubica's condition following his rallying crash in Italy this morning, with the Lotus Renault GP star having been diagnosed with multiple fractures to his right arm, leg and hand, his team has revealed in an official statement.
Following a high-speed accident less than five kilometres into the second edition of the Ronde di Andora Rally close to Genoa today (Sunday), Kubica was airlifted to the Santa Corona Hospital in Pietra Ligure, where he has since undergone extensive medical checks and is currently undergoing surgery.
The greatest fear is for the Pole's hand, which has reportedly been crushed and risks requiring amputation. The other concern is that following a road accident back in 2003 that left him with a broken arm, should the latest injury complicate that fracture, it could seriously endanger or even destroy his F1 career.
Kubica's accident is sure to call into question the wisdom of F1 teams allowing their drivers to indulge in dangerous extra-curricular activities, following the examples of Juan-Pablo Montoya – whose relationship with McLaren-Mercedes never truly recovered following an early-season motocross-related shoulder injury in 2005 – and Mark Webber, whose own brace of mountain-biking falls in recent years have been well-documented.
Should Kubica be forced to miss the start of the F1 2011 World Championship campaign – as would seem all-but certain – it remains unclear as to whether he will be replaced by Bruno Senna or Romain Grosjean, although former ITV-F1
commentator James Allen muses on his internet blog that 'the sight of the Senna yellow helmet in a black-and-gold Lotus-sponsored car will be too much to resist for the marketing people...'