Formula 1 driver Robert Kubica has left the Santa Corona hospital in Italy where he had spent the last 11 weeks after a scary rally accident. According to a hospital statement, the Polish driver is in good condition and will soon begin rehab. “He will carry on being monitored by the Santa Corona doctors who had him in their care through scheduled appointments," the hospital said in a press statement.
Kubica suffered multiple fractures and had his right hand partially severed when the Skoda Fabia rally car he was driving was pierced by an armco barrier during an Italian rally in the beginning of February. Last week, the Renault F1 driver stated on his website that once out of hospital he would rest before starting rehabilitation.
“As soon as I leave hospital, I'll head to my home in Monaco for a short period of rest. Then I'll move to Dr. Ceccarelli's facilities in Italy where I will start a deep rehabilitation programme and a preliminary soft training programme," said Kubica. “The two programmes will gradually cross over based on the speed of my recovery,” the Pole added.
While he still can't make full use of his right hand, the Pole is optimistic about how things will evolve. “The mobility of my hand is limited but this is pretty normal in this kind of situation, because the connected arm muscles are still very weak due to the long period of immobility. Things are definitely improving day by day,” Kubica said.
As for the question on everyone's lips, his physician said that by August it will be clear if and when Kubica will be ready to return to Formula 1 with the Lotus Renault Grand Prix team. The driver's contract with Renault expires at the end of 2012.
By Dan Mihalascu