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Posted 07 February 2011 - 12:47 PM

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Formula 1 Driver Robert Kubica Badly Hurt in Rally Accident [w/ video]


Lotus Renault GP driver Robert Kubica has crashed while competing on the Ronde di Andora rally on Sunday, suffering multiple fractures to his right arm, leg and hand. His co-driver Jakub Gerber was not hurt.

His team released a statement saying that he is "currently undergoing surgery at the Santa Corona Hospital in Pietra Ligure." It is too early to give a prognosis on how well he would recover from the injuries, but it appears almost certain that he will miss the start of the Formula 1 season in March. It is clear, though, that the injuries are not life-threatening.

Speaking to reporters outside the hospital, Kubica's manager Daniel Morelli said: "Surgeons are trying to restore the functionality of his right hand.

"They have restarted the circulation of blood and repaired the bone structure. Now they have to think about the muscle functionality but Robert has a very strong character, he'll be OK."

The high-speed crash took place about 3 miles (4.6 kilometers) into the opening stage of the event, on a stage near the village of Testico in Italy.

Kubica is understood to have swiped a wall and hit a crash barrier in a Super 2000 Skoda Fabia on the first stage of the rally - which he was competing in shortly after completing the first week of pre-season F1 testing with Renault at Valencia.

The co-driver has stated that Kubica's injuries were caused by the end of a crash barrier penetrating the engine compartment and the footwell of the car.

According to autosport.com's sources at the event, Kubica was trapped in the car for more than one hour until specialist extraction equipment could get to the scene of the crash.

Universally liked by the fans and considered one of the top drivers in F1, Kubica is no stranger to high-speed crashes. He suffered a concussion alongside a sprained ankle at the 2007 Canadian Grand Prix after hitting a wall at 186 mph (300 km/h). He was released from the hospital the next day then, but unfortunately is seems that this time his recovery will not be as swift.

Kubica will likely be replaced by the reserve driver Bruno Senna (nephew of the late Ayrton Senna).

UPDATE at 4:23 PM: Robert Kubica has successfully completed a seven hour operation. "We have to wait at least a week to see if his hand survives," said Italian hand surgery specialist Prof Igor Rossello, adding that it "could be a year" before the Pole's hand is fully healed, if functionality does indeed return.

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Posted 07 February 2011 - 12:54 PM

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Robert Kubica’s crash – What are Lotus Renault’s options?



Robert Kubica’s crash in the Ronde di Andora Rally earlier today has quickly made headlines in various motoring and motorsport websites. The crash occurred just 4.6 kilometers into the Italian rally and his Formula 1 team, Lotus Renault has confirmed that he is suffering from multiple fractures to his right arm, leg and hand and is currently undergoing surgery at the Santa Corona Hospital.

Although it is not life threatening, Kubica’s injuries may well prevent him from taking part in at least the first few races of the 2011 season, which begins on 13th March in Bahrain. With such fractures, Kubica may even find it hard to nestle himself into the cockpit of a Formula 1 car, let alone race in one for many laps and endure all the G forces. If the fractures are minor, the team would have at least stated so in its second press release.

If Kubica doesn’t recover in time, Lotus Renault will have to temporarily replace him. The team’s third driver list is made up by Bruno Senna and Romain Grosjean. Senna raced for HRT in 2010, which means he has one year of race experience in Formula 1. Romain Grosjean has slightly less race experience, after replacing Nelson Piquet Jr in 2009 in Renault starting from the European Grand Prix.

Other reserve drives for the team include Malaysia’s Fairuz Fauzy, Ho-Pin Tung and Jan Charouz. None of these drivers have raced in Formula 1 before. It is even more difficult to utilize test or reserve drivers for races these days especially with very limited testing. Furthermore, Lotus Renault’s second driver and Kubica’s team mate, Russian Vitaly Petrov also has one year of race experience under his belt.

So if things really go bad, as in if Kubica is sidelined at least for a couple of races, would it be a good idea for Lotus Renault to have two drivers, both with one year of race experience each to pilot their cars? Probably not. If so, who can the team look for?



Lets look at several potential options. It would be wise for the team to hire a driver who has both the experience and has recently raced a Formula 1 car. Nick Heidfeld seems to be a good candidate. He has taken part in 174 races and has been regarded as a quick and consistent driver. He started off his Formula 1 career with Prost in 2000 before joining Sauber the following year. Then in 2004 he raced for Jordan before moving to Williams in 2005 and then to BMW Sauber from 2006 until 2009, when BMW quit Formula 1.

He was signed up as Mercedes GP’s reserve driver in 2010 and subsequently became the official Pirelli test driver later that year. He also took part in the final five races of the 2010 season with Sauber, after replacing Pedro de la Rosa who failed to make a good impression along side team mate Kamui Kobayashi. The German has scored 225 points and went up to the podium twelve times. The 33 year old was even linked to a Renault drive for the 2011 season. Also, one should not forget that Heidfeld has more experience with the new Pirelli tires, compared to the current contenders.



The other driver that could fit the bill is Nico Hulkenberg, who raced for Williams in 2010. Currently a reserve driver for Force India, Hulkenberg scored eleven points in his rookie year and even scored a pole position in Brazil. However just like Lotus Renault’s Bruno Senna, he also has one year of race experience, but well justified with his performance. Other available drivers include ex-HRT driver Karun Chandhok, ex-Virgin driver Lucas di Grassi and ex-Force India driver Vitantonio Liuzzi.

The first two have one year of race experience each but Liuzzi has more, after starting off with Red Bull in 2005. He then raced for Toro Rosso in 2006 and 2007 before racing in five races for Force India in 2009 and a full season in 2010. Japanese driver Sakon Yamomoto also has spent some time in the cockpit, after scoring a race seat in several rounds in 2007 with Spyker. Following two years of absence from the sport, he took part in several races with HRT in 2010.



Christian Klien also could be a potential candidate. His Formula 1 debut was with Jaguar in 2004 before racing for Red Bull in 2005 and 2006. After three years of testing with Honda (2007) and BMW Sauber (2008 and 2009), he returned to the race seat in 2010, replacing Yamamoto for three races. It would also be great to see 2007 Champion Kimi Raikkonen in a Formula 1 seat, but who knows? He was rumored to drive for Renault this year but obviously that wasn’t the case. My bet? Nick Heidfeld would be a strong candidate.
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Posted 07 February 2011 - 02:25 PM

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Posted 07 February 2011 - 02:39 PM

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i LOLed at this....

F1 drivers trying rally and fails badly.....(*to double check...just search kimi's rallying progress and u'll get the idea)

in f1,driver always hope for the wind to help the car steers into correct direction and avoid sideways....


while in rally driver ditched the wind and goes sideways to get the car steer into correct direction....which is 2 very different driving styles...


and probably now he learnt that rally stages wasn't so smooth after all smile_big.gif

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Posted 08 February 2011 - 09:48 AM

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QUOTE (rallychamp @ Feb 7 2011, 02:39 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
i LOLed at this....

F1 drivers trying rally and fails badly.....(*to double check...just search kimi's rallying progress and u'll get the idea)

in f1,driver always hope for the wind to help the car steers into correct direction and avoid sideways....


while in rally driver ditched the wind and goes sideways to get the car steer into correct direction....which is 2 very different driving styles...


and probably now he learnt that rally stages wasn't so smooth after all smile_big.gif


that why now u know why iceman still on learning curve as for ken block also... haha..@@

not to say their driving skills are bad, but just too different for f1 and rally style

some more is drifting rally!
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Posted 08 February 2011 - 10:39 AM

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bro drift apa pun boleh...
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Posted 08 February 2011 - 03:13 PM

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QUOTE (tpl @ Feb 8 2011, 10:39 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
bro drift apa pun boleh...


i talk only... haven do

mana lu tau boleh ???
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QUOTE (ndrifter @ Feb 8 2011, 03:13 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
i talk only... haven do

mana lu tau boleh ???

tau.. kat end empty ma..
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Posted 09 February 2011 - 10:32 PM

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QUOTE (ndrifter @ Feb 7 2011, 12:47 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>


Formula 1 Driver Robert Kubica Badly Hurt in Rally Accident [w/ video]


Lotus Renault GP driver Robert Kubica has crashed while competing on the Ronde di Andora rally on Sunday, suffering multiple fractures to his right arm, leg and hand. His co-driver Jakub Gerber was not hurt.

His team released a statement saying that he is "currently undergoing surgery at the Santa Corona Hospital in Pietra Ligure." It is too early to give a prognosis on how well he would recover from the injuries, but it appears almost certain that he will miss the start of the Formula 1 season in March. It is clear, though, that the injuries are not life-threatening.

Speaking to reporters outside the hospital, Kubica's manager Daniel Morelli said: "Surgeons are trying to restore the functionality of his right hand.

"They have restarted the circulation of blood and repaired the bone structure. Now they have to think about the muscle functionality but Robert has a very strong character, he'll be OK."

The high-speed crash took place about 3 miles (4.6 kilometers) into the opening stage of the event, on a stage near the village of Testico in Italy.

Kubica is understood to have swiped a wall and hit a crash barrier in a Super 2000 Skoda Fabia on the first stage of the rally - which he was competing in shortly after completing the first week of pre-season F1 testing with Renault at Valencia.

The co-driver has stated that Kubica's injuries were caused by the end of a crash barrier penetrating the engine compartment and the footwell of the car.

According to autosport.com's sources at the event, Kubica was trapped in the car for more than one hour until specialist extraction equipment could get to the scene of the crash.

Universally liked by the fans and considered one of the top drivers in F1, Kubica is no stranger to high-speed crashes. He suffered a concussion alongside a sprained ankle at the 2007 Canadian Grand Prix after hitting a wall at 186 mph (300 km/h). He was released from the hospital the next day then, but unfortunately is seems that this time his recovery will not be as swift.

Kubica will likely be replaced by the reserve driver Bruno Senna (nephew of the late Ayrton Senna).

UPDATE at 4:23 PM: Robert Kubica has successfully completed a seven hour operation. "We have to wait at least a week to see if his hand survives," said Italian hand surgery specialist Prof Igor Rossello, adding that it "could be a year" before the Pole's hand is fully healed, if functionality does indeed return.

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UPDATE 2/8 at 5:40 PM: Kubica's recovery is progressing well. "His conditions have improved and are good, considering the crash," said Giorgio Barabino, who is head of the intensive care unit at the hospital. "No infections have arisen in the post-surgery phase. The limb is well vascularised and his life parameters are all within the norm. There is a good medical evolution, considering the heavy traumas suffered.

"As for recovery times, after this first day we are optimistic on the future: the patient is reacting in an excellent way."
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Posted 10 February 2011 - 03:05 PM

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Nick Heidfeld in line to replace Kubica at Lotus Renault GP



With lead driver Robert Kubica possibly out for the entire 2011 F1 season after his serious rallying accident, Lotus Renault GP is expected to overlook its bench of reserve drivers and seek a more experienced driver to lead the line. As we’ve speculated earlier, vastly experienced German driver Nick Heidfeld has emerged as a favourite to take over the race seat and will test for the team this week.

Reports say that Heidfeld has been in talks with Lotus Renault over the last two days and will test the R31 at Jerez. Vitaly Petrov will test today and tomorrow at the Spanish circuit, with Bruno Senna and Heidfeld taking over duties over the weekend. This can be considered a shootout between the former Sauber man and third driver Senna, who last year raced with HRT.

“Should Robert be out for the entire season, then it will normally be a more experienced driver to do the entire season, to develop the car, and everything else,” team owner Gerard Lopez told IVG.it.

“There are drivers who have had good races, for example Nick Heidfeld. We all know that Nick is rather good, but we don’t know what level he is in now, we don’t know how he does with our car. Same goes for Vitantonio Liuzzi, same goes – I don’t know – for Bruno Senna, who last year was in a team with a car that could do nothing,” he added.

As to Kubica’s condition, it’s not as bad as first feared. “The phase of the final surgery operations is beginning: the double operation to foot and shoulder is planned for Friday morning, while the course of surgeries will end next week. The driver’s right hand has completely stabilised. Now the delicate recovery of the functionalities begins,” explained Giorgio Barabino, Head of ICU at the Santa Corona Hospital.
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