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Old 10-15-2013, 09:12 AM   #1748
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Originally Posted by wxwax View Post
I bumped into rally racing in the Canary Islands on an obscure channel last night and saw that Robert Kubica was smoking the field for the first two legs. Then he wrecked. There was a shot of him sitting roadside and it looked like he wasn't using his right arm much. Is that the one he injured?
yes, it was his right arm.

(this video shows a bloodless simulation of the crash, and the path the armco took through the car.)

On 6 February 2011, Kubica was injured in a crash on the first stage of the Ronde di Andora rally. He was driving a Super 2000-specification Škoda Fabia[46] in Testico when his car left the road at high speed and hit a crash barrier,[47] near the church of San Sebastiano.[48][49] Kubica was trapped in the car for more than an hour before rescue workers were able to extricate him.[50] He was flown by helicopter to Santa Corona Hospital in Pietra Ligure[51] near Savona, where it was confirmed that he had suffered partial amputation of his forearm, compound fractures to his right elbow, shoulder and leg, as well as significant loss of blood.[50][52][53] The severity of his injuries was the result of the crash barrier penetrating the car's cockpit, and hitting Kubica, while leaving his co-driver unscathed. Kubica underwent a seven hour operation by seven doctors split into two teams, without complications.[50] Two more lengthy operations to repair fractures to his leg, shoulder and arm were performed successfully a few days later.[54][55] The condition of his hand was not clear for some time and as a result he missed the 2011 season.[56][57][58] As he was unable to start the season, Lotus Renault signed Nick Heidfeld as his replacement on 16 February, while Kubica still remained signed with the team for the 2011 season.[59] Bruno Senna replaced Heidfeld later in the season, at the Belgian Grand Prix. Kubica was released from hospital to begin his rehabilitation on 24 April 2011.[60] In November 2011 it was announced that Kubica would not be ready for the beginning of the 2012 season, forcing Renault, now Lotus F1, to begin the season with two other drivers, Kimi Räikkönen and Romain Grosjean.[61]
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