Following reports suggesting he could be discharged from hospital by the weekend, Robert Kubica has now revealed that he is hoping to be able to head home within the next ten days.
The Renault driver has been in the Santa Corona hospital in Italy since the rally crash back in February that left him with multiple injuries after an armco barrier penetrated the cockpit of his Skoda Fabia S2000.
The Pole has undergone numerous operations since the accident, with his rehabilitation set to continue at his home in Monaco and at a specialist facility back in Italy.
“I am starting to feel a lot better now,” he said. “My recovery is moving in the right direction: my strength and weight are increasing day on day and as a result I will leave the Santa Corona hospital very soon. I don't have a precise date as yet but I hope to be able to leave within the next ten days.
“As soon as I leave hospital, I'll head to my home in Monaco for a short period of rest. Then I'll move to Dr. Ceccarelli 's facilities in Italy where I will start a deep rehabilitation program and a preliminary soft training programme. The two programmes will gradually cross over based on the speed of my recovery.”
Kubica added that he still only had limited use of the hand injured in the accident, although such limited mobility was normal this stage of his recovery.
“The mobility of my hand is limited but this is pretty normal in this kind of situation, because the connected arm muscles are still very weak due to the long period of immobility,” he said. “Things are definitely improving day by day.”
In Kubica's absence, Renault has taken two podium finishes thanks to Vitaly Petrov and Nick Heidfeld – the latter having been signed to replace Kubica until he returns – and the Pole said he was being kept informed on what has been happening in his absence.
“I've been liaising with my engineers on what's been going on over race weekends,” he said. “They are sending me the race reports so I can remain up to date and fully informed, as if I were there at the tracks. Eric Boullier is also in constant contact, keeping up to date with my general condition.
“There is no doubt that it's been a strong start to the season. The potential of the car, which I already noticed in the February Valencia test, seems to be confirmed. As usual, it's now important that the development done in Enstone continues to produce consistent updates for maintaining this level of performance. The guys did a great job with this car and I'm sure they'll continue to improve.”