The BMW Sauber team has admitted that it is still waiting to learn the extent of Robert Kubica's injuries following his Canadian Grand Prix crash, but has revealed that it does not believe the Pole to be as badly hurt as initially feared.

Kubica clipped the rear of Jarno Trulli's Toyota into the quick left-hand kink before the final hairpin, the BMW appearing to break its front wing in the process before spearing into the retaining wall after taking off over a bump on the grass verge. From there, the Pole was treated to an aerial ride through the pack, before hitting the outside wall and skidding to a halt in the following run-off area.

The safety team was on the scene almost immediately, but took its time to assess the damage before removing Kubica from a still-intact safety cell. Initial reports claimed that the driver was merely 'stable', before news that he was talking to doctors filtered out. By the end of the 70-lap grand prix, it was being suggested that Kubica had broken his leg, but subsequent speculation is that the injury is not that bad.

The team's post-race statement makes no mention of the injury, merely claiming that it is waiting to hear the extent of Kubica's condition before deciding on its course of action for next weekend's USGP at Indianapolis. Kubica is currently in a Montreal hospital undergoing thorough medical checks but, according to doctors reports, could be released as early as Monday.

"According to the first medical reports, Robert has escaped his very heavy accident relatively unscathed," motorsport director Mario Theissen confirmed.

Team technical director paid tribute to the strength of the modern Formula One car for protecting its occupant.

"The most important news is that Robert isn't badly injured," he noted, temporarily overlooking Nick Heidfeld's second place. "This is thanks to the high safety standards the FIA have instigated over the past years. Before the accident, Robert was in a promising position and on course to get valuable points, but now we hope he recovers quickly. We are still waiting for news."

 

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