As expected following positive reports on Sunday night, BMW Sauber driver Robert Kubica has been released from hospital in Montreal - and is already targeting a return to action at this weekend's United States Grand Prix.

The Pole was given the green light to discharge from the Hospital du Sacre Coeur less than 24 hours after his high-speed flight into the turn ten run-off area at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Despite initial fears for his safety and subsequent reports that he had suffered a broken leg, Kubica was deemed sufficiently fit to be allowed to drive himself away from the hospital.

Intensive CT scans and other checks confirmed that the 22-year old's injuries were confined to a mild concussion and sprained right ankle, and he showed few signs that he had been involved in a major incident at one of the quickest parts of the Montreal circuit as he left the hospital.

"I have no pain and feel well," he said in a statement, "I want to thank everyone for the medical attention I received and for all the good wishes. Mario Theissen and other team members came to visit me and also thanks to Jarno Trulli, who came as well. I am happy that I have been able to leave the hospital so quickly and will now prepare for the race in Indianapolis."

Although the Pole's determination to be on the grid for the USGP this coming weekend will be disappointing news for likely replacements Timo Glock and Sebastian Vettel, he will still have to pass the stringent medical checks mandated by the FIA's medical delegate. These are already scheduled to take place at the track on Thursday. BMW Sauber has until 4pm local time Thursday to confirm who will partner Nick Heidfeld at the Brickyard.

The team has also confirmed that the accident, which occurred shortly after a restart on lap 27, was the result of Kubica clipping the rear of Trulli's Toyota, and that there had been no technical failure on the Pole's F1.07.

 

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