Kubica’s future remains uncertain

Date published: April 23 2011

Robert Kubica’s doctor reckons it won’t be until August at the earliest before they know whether he could return to F1 racing…

Robert Kubica’s doctor reckons it won’t be until August at the earliest before they know whether he could return to F1 racing.

Kubica was injured in a rally accident in early February, sustaining severe damage to his right hand, arm and leg. After four surgeries and months in hospital, the Lotus Renault is expected to be released within the next two weeks.

However, whether he will ever return to racing is still unknown.

“We’ll understand six months after the accident: we need to wait for nature to run its course even though, knowing Robert, we are confident in his recovery strength,” Dr Riccardo Ceccarelli told the Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper.

Kubica faces weeks of extensive rehab under the supervision of Dr Ceccarelli, who runs the Italian sports clinic ‘Formula Medicine’ and is a consultant with the Pole’s F1 team.

“Gym workout will help him feel like a racing driver again,” said the doctor.

“We’ll keep in touch with the people who have followed him these months, first of all Dr (Igor) Rossello, who operated on the right hand, but we’ll also look for more specialists.

“We have set up a pool of at least four people able to follow him during his daily six-eight hours of work, and we are getting a special treadmill that allows you to put the load over the right leg only partially.

“Due to his hand, leg, shoulder and elbow, Robert combines three patients into one.”

As for Kubica’s right hand, which was almost severed in the accident, Dr Ceccarelli said: “Rebuilding the nerves is the longest process, so it’s difficult to understand in the first four months what the recovery will be like

“He has good sensitivity, but not in every spot. The hand is there and will regain good functionality.

“The leg poses little problem. Robert places the load on the left one and has started to load the other one progressively.”

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