Surgeons treating injured Lotus Renault GP star Robert Kubica have said that they are satisfied with the Pole's progress 24 hours on from the accident that appeared to have cast a pall over his racing career.
The latest medical update from the team reports that, after a night spent in an induced coma, Kubica's general condition is 'much better, even though no-one is pretending that he is through the worst of his ordeal following a high speed crash on the Ronda di Andora rally in Italy. The Pole suffered multiple fractures to his right leg, arm and hand, with injuries to the latter initially being thought bad enough to warrant possible amputation. A seven-hour surgical process appears to have alleviated those fears, although it is unlikely that Kubica will be back behind the wheel of a competition car in 2011.
"After spending the night under constant observation, he was briefly woken up by the doctors of the Santa Corona Hospital (Pietra Ligure) this morning, [and] was then able to talk to his relatives" the latest medical update revealed, "He was also able to move his fingers, which is encouraging for the rest of his recovery process.
"Professor Mario Igor Rossello, director for the Regional Centre of Hand Surgery at San Paolo Hospital in Savona, did not notice any swelling or infection on his right forearm, and this is another good sign, although it will be several days before it is known if the operation has been 100 per cent successful.
"In order to avoid any physical stress, Robert will be put under gentle medication in order to sleep for the next 24 hours at least. Meanwhile, the doctors will decide how they will treat his elbow and shoulder fractures. Robert may have to undergo surgery once again for this, but not for a few days.
"Lotus Renault GP wishes to thank the Hospital of San Paolo (Savona) and the Santa Corona Hospital (Pietra Ligure) for their professional approach and their dedication."
The team has said that it expects to issue another update on Kubica's condition later this evening.