Robert Kubica chances of returning to the cockpit of an F1 car took another blow when the Pole suffered a broken right leg in an accident at his home in Italy.
Kubica, who continues to recuperate following multiple operations to repair injuries suffered in a rally accident last February, had hoped to get back behind the wheel over the winter, either with the Lotus Renault team he had been due to drive for in 2011, or Ferrari, who remained interested in securing his services despite the fact that he was ruled out for the entire campaign. However, the latest setback looks set to keep the Pole out of action for at least another few months and could, potentially, spell the end of his F1 ambitions.
According to reports emanating from Italy, Kubica slipped on ice at his home near Viareggio, breaking the same leg that suffered the brunt of the impact in his crash almost a year ago. He will now undergo another operation, this time to insert a metal screw just above his right ankle and will have to spend at least four weeks in plaster before beginning his rehabilitation.
Having been replaced at Lotus Renault by the combination of Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean, and seeing his contract with Enstone equipe
expire at the end of the year, Kubica had been mentioned in connection with a possible switch to Ferrari in 2013, replacing the hapless Felipe Massa, who enters the final year of his deal with the Scuderia this term.
Although the rumour mill had hinted that Kubica could get a run in one of Ferrari's older F1 machines over the winter, team chief Stefano Domenicali admitted only hours before reports of the Pole's latest accident emerged that the team would continue to monitor his recovery from the injuries to his hand, arm and leg suffered on the Ronde di Andora rally.