Kubica seriously hurt during rally crash

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, Last Updated: 2:34 PM ET

Genoa, Italy - Formula One driver Robert Kubica sustained multiple injuries during a high-speed accident while competing in a rally car event in Italy on Sunday.

Kubica, who drives for Lotus Renault GP in F1 competition, was reportedly conscious when airlifted to nearby Santa Corona Hospital in Pietra Ligure, Italy, where he later underwent surgery.

Several reports indicate that the 26-year-old Pole lost control of his Skoda Fabia and slammed hard into the wall during the opening stage of the Ronde di Andora Rally. The car then made contact with another barrier. His co-driver, Jakub Gerber, was not hurt during the incident.

Lotus Renault GP released a statement, saying "After undergoing extensive medical checks this morning, Robert Kubica has been diagnosed with multiple fractures to his right arm, leg and hand."

Last Thursday, Kubica posted the quickest overall time during a three-day pre- season F1 test session in Valencia, Spain.

Kubica is expected to miss this week's F1 test session in Jerez, Spain, and is questionable for next month's season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix. If Kubica is unable to compete in the March 13 grand prix in Sakhir, Bahrain, either Bruno Senna or Romain Grosjean, both test and reserve drivers for Lotus Renault, could be Kubica's replacement.

In June 2007, Kubica was involved in a violent crash during the Canadian Grand Prix. Kubica, who drove for BMW Sauber at the time, suffered a concussion and a sprained ankle. He did not compete in the United States Grand Prix one week after Canada, but resumed his driving duties the following month in the French Grand Prix.

Kubica is the first driver from Poland to compete in F1.


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