Robert Kubica miraculously escaped serious injury after his monster smash in today's Canadian Grand Prix, when he left the circuit at high-speed and his BMW-Sauber hit a concrete wall head-on before somersaulting back across the track in a haze of flying debris.

The accident occurred on lap 27 after the Pole narrowly clipped the back of Jarno Trulli's Toyota on the run down to the hairpin. After being checked over in the track's medical centre, Kubica was airlifted to Montreal's nearby H?pital du Sacr?-Coeur. Although initial reports suggested he had suffered a broken leg in the impact, BMW Motorsport Director Dr Mario Theissen dismissed that as merely "speculation".

"The medical centre told me he is not seriously hurt but there are no details so far," the German told journalists at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal. "He is now in hospital, can move his arms and legs and he is talking.

"We got information from race control about 15 minutes after the accident. I went down to the medical centre but he had already been taken to hospital. After that we were focussing both on Robert and on keeping Nick on-track.

"The race was going quite well and to plan before that. I think Robert could have finished on the podium alongside Nick, but it's a fantastic day in both respects - to get a driver back almost unhurt from such an accident is fantastic."

Incredibly, the word in the paddock is Kubica could be released from hospital as early as tomorrow. Theissen would not comment on whether he was likely to be able to race at Indianapolis in just seven days' time.

"It's absolutely not appropriate to talk about that right now," he insisted. "We will have to wait until we get a detailed report from the doctors."

 

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