UPDATE: Kubica improves again, but in hospital 'for weeks'

The Lotus Renault GP team has confirmed that number one driver Robert Kubica will remain in hospital for several weeks in order to receive the surgery necessary to facilitate as full a recovery from his injuries as possible.

The Pole, who it appears narrowly escaped death when his Skoda Fabia RS rally car was speared by a guard rail during a crash on the Ronda di Andora event on Sunday, has already undergone seven hours in surgery in order to save and mobilise his broken right hand, but faces several more trips to the operating theatre in order to deal with injuries to his right arm and leg.

Despite that, the latest communiqu? from the Lotus Renault team contained promising news, with Kubica reportedly responding well to the treatment he has already received.

"Today, Robert's general condition has once again improved," the missive read, "According to the doctors, the levels of inflammation are in the norm considering his medical condition, and the recovery of his forearm remains encouraging.

"Yesterday, Robert was able to talk to his doctors and relatives. His medication makes him sleep quite a lot, but he is responding to all external stimulation. He has reacted well to the news about his condition and is ready to fight for his comeback.

"On Thursday, Robert should undergo some more surgery in order to stabilise the fractures to his right shoulder and right foot. Three or four days later, another operation will allow his elbow fracture to be stabilised as well.

"Robert will remain at the Santa Corona Hospital for two to three weeks. A decision will then be taken about where he should go in order to continue his rehabilitation."

Although team boss Eric Boullier is hoping for a quicker return to action than suggested by Kubica's doctors, he has admitted that the team is mulling over potential replacements, the identity of which could be determined by further news on the length of the Pole's recuperation.