Lotus Renault Grand Prix driver Robert Kubica suffered from multiple fractures and cuts when he lost control of his Skoda Fabia and hit a wall at high speed while competing at the Ronde di Andora Rally in Italy over the weekend.
Kubica was airlifted to the Pietra Ligure Hospital where it was confirmed that his right forearm was broken in two places, "with significant lesions to the bones and the tendons," Formula1.com said.
In a separate statement, Lotus Renault GP said the Polish driver has multiple fractures on his right arm and leg. He also has severe cuts on his forearm, "which could have an impact on his right hand mobility."
"It has been a very important and difficult operation. We did our best to rebuild the functions of the forearm," said Professor Mario Igor Rossello, director for the Regional Center of Hand Surgery at San Paolo Hospital in Savona. "At the end of the operation, Robert’s hand was well vascularised and warm, which is encouraging. Following the surgery, Robert Kubica will remain under permanent monitoring overnight because his condition remains serious."
It reportedly took two teams composed of seven doctors a total of seven hours to complete the operation.
"The news of Robert's accident came as a real shock to the whole team. All of us, at Lotus Renault GP, wish him a quick recovery," said Eric Boullier, team principal and managing director of Lotus Renault Grand Prix. "We have been really impressed with the way the doctors looked after him today and we would like to thank the whole team of the Santa Corona Hospital for their professional approach and dedication."
Jakub Gerber, Kubica's co-driver at the time of the accident, was unhurt.
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