Robert Kubica is unlikely to race in this year’s F1 season, according to doctors.
The Renault driver underwent seven hours of surgery yesterday after multiple fractures to his right arm, leg and hand, which was partly severed during a crash in which his Super 2000 Skoda Fabia lost control and crashed into a wall.
Doctors managed to reattach the blood supply to his hand but did say it would take several days to see if the operation was a success.
Hand specialist, doctor Igor Rossello, commented to media on Sunday: “We need to wait for a week at least to verify whether the hand survives.
“The nerve lesions are the ones that leave us with the most question marks over the recovery of functions,” he added.
Although Kubica probably won’t see an F1 race this season, Rossello was quick to add: “Drivers are always very special patients. I have a lot of motorbike patients and they heal in a much faster way - faster than normal people.”
When speaking to the Gazzetta dello Sport, co-driver Jakub Gerber who emerged unhurt stated: “We were on the first four kilometres of the first special stage. I was looking at the notes and didn't notice that the car was skidding.
“Only when we crashed I saw Robert holding his arm, and after a few moments he lost consciousness.”