Robert Kubica is still undergoing surgery in Italy, and while his right hand has been saved, it is not clear what lasting damage the Pole might have.
Kubica is in the Santa Corona hospital in Pietra Ligure, where his treatment is being overseen by Dr Riccardo Ceccarelli, the doctor of the Lotus Renault GP team. Also involved is Professor Igor Rossello, a locally based specialist.
In fact it seems that Kubica may have had some good fortune, because Rossello, the Director of the Regional Centre of Hand Surgery at the Hospital Sao Paolo in Savona, is apparently a world renowned expert in the field.
Kubica’s manager Daniele Morelli says it’s too soon to speculate upon the process of recovery.
“Unfortunately the impact with the guardrail caused serious harm,” Morelli told the Italian media outside the hospital. “He has been diagnosed with multiple fractures to his leg and right arm, especially complications related to his right hand. We shall see later if the operation was successful. The clinical picture is not easy. We expect to make the necessary assessments tonight.”
“The surgeons are trying to restore the functionality of his right hand. We must now think about the muscle function, but Robert has a very strong temper and will succeed.
“The important thing is that Robert recoveries, as it has already proven to do with the incident in Canada. On that occasion it took him three months to get back on track.”
Kubica’s co-driver Jakub Gerber, who escaped unharmed, has been quoted as saying: “(He) was conscious, then fainted and woke up a couple of times, without having full knowledge of what has happened.”
Reports suggest that the road surface was damp at the time of the accident, and it’s now clear that Kubica’s injuries were caused by the Skoda hitting the end of a barrier, which penetrated the footwell of the car.