The F1 community in the form of drivers and teams has been showing its support for the injured Robert Kubica during testing at Jerez in southern Spain this week – and now the Pole's employer Lotus Renault GP has come up with a way to allow fans to send their well wishes, too.
Kubica suffered serious injuries with breaks to his arm and leg and most worryingly a partially-severed hand, following an accident on last weekend's Ronde di Andora Rally in Italy in which a piece of Armco barrier penetrated all the way through the Skoda Fabia RS he was sharing with co-driver Jakub Gerber. Subsequent photographs of the crash showed how lucky the 26-year-old was to escape with his life.
Since then, Kubica has undergone multiple surgeries at the Santa Corona Hospital in Pietra Ligure close to Genoa, the most recent on Friday being to his foot, shoulder, humerus and anterior elbow. Dr. Francesco Lanza from the Orthopaedic Department confirmed that the four operations had gone well.
“Robert's hand is in optimal condition and has not suffered any further trauma after such complex surgery,” added Dr. Mario Igor Rosello, Kubica's surgeon, confirming that his condition continues to improve. “His hand remains well-vascularised and warm.”
The former Canadian Grand Prix-winner will stay in intensive care over this weekend, before the final surgery to treat the posterior part of his elbow, planned for next week. Should you wish to contact Robert to send messages of support, Lotus Renault GP has set up the following e-mail address: