GENOA, ITALY (AP) - Surgeons operating on Formula One driver Robert Kubica have turned their focus to his severely damaged right hand, which was among the serious injuries he sustained when his rally car hit a wall at “high speed” Sunday.
“The surgeons are trying to restore the functions of his right hand,” Italian news agency ANSA quoted Kubica’s manager, Daniel Morelli, as saying. “They have already revascularized the limb and repaired the bone structure.”
He said the “clinical situation isn’t easy,” but denied that there was a risk of amputation.
“At this stage there is no such risk,” Morelli said outside the hospital. “We’re talking about the functionality.”
The 26-year-old Kubica “suffered a high-speed accident this morning while competing in the Ronde di Andora Rally,” the Pole’s Lotus Renault team said in a statement. He was “diagnosed with multiple fractures to his right arm, leg and hand. He is currently undergoing surgery at the Santa Corona Hospital in Pietra Ligure.”
“We were driving the first four kilometers of the first trial,” Gerber told ANSA. “I was looking at my notes and didn’t notice that the car skidded. Only after the moment of impact did I see that Robert was holding his arm and shortly afterward he lost conciousness.”
Kubica was due to lead the Lotus Renault F1 team this season alongside Vitaly Petrov of Russia, with former HRT driver Bruno Senna named as a third driver. Romain Grosjean, who drove for Renault in 2009, was also named third driver alongside Senna.
Kubica walked away from a frightening accident at the 2007 Canadian Grand Prix, where his car went airborne into a concrete wall before somersaulting across the track in a shower of debris that left only the cockpit intact.
Last week, he closed Formula One’s first test session of the season with the fastest time over three days in Valencia, Spain. The next test session is Feb. 10-13 in Jerez, Spain.
AP Sports Writer Jerome Pugmire in Paris and Associated Press Writer Alessandra Rizzo in Rome contributed to this report.
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