Lotus Renault driver Robert Kubica is undergoing surgery on multiple fractures after suffering a high-speed accident while competing in the Ronde di Andora Rally in Italy. The 26-year-old Pole is said to be in a stable condition after surgery and although his injuries weren’t life-threatening, it is unlikely that Kubica will be fit by the time the 2011 F1 season begins on March 13th.

Lotus Renault announced Bruno Senna as its reserve driver last week, who ironically was expecting very little actual seat time in 2011, but is most likely now to replace Kubica for the first few races of the season.

The news initially broke on the Lotus Renault GP twitter feed (@OfficialLRGP) this morning, “Robert had an accident this morning in the Ronde di Andora Rally. He is undergoing medical checks. Will let you know when we know more.” The team then went on to update at approximately 2pm (GMT) this afternoon, saying “After extensive medical checks, Robert has been diagnosed with multiple fractures to his right arm, leg and hand. He is undergoing surgery

Kubica was competing in the Ronde di Andora Rally this weekend when just over 4km into the stage his Skoda Fabia rally car left the road and collided with the wall of a church. His co-driver, Jakub Gerber was unhurt in the incident. Robert was said to have remained conscious throughout the lengthy process to extract him from his car and was then airlifted to Santa Corona Hospital in Pietra Ligure.

Several of Robert’s friends and fellow grand prix drivers tweeted their thoughts following news of the incident, Virgin Racing’s Timo Glock said “I’m thinking of Robert, wish him all the best and hope to see him soon on the track and especially off-track as a friend”.

Rubens Barrichello said, “I would like to ask you for your best wishes to Kubica. He is being operated (on) right now. We all like him and he deserves all the best.” Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso was then quoted in a statement, “Let’s all support Robert Kubica, who suffered an accident. Besides a great driver, he is a great person.”

We wish Robert a speedy recovery and hope he is able to return to the F1 cockpit soon.

UPDATE (17:00 GMT): In a statement to the press just over an hour ago (shortly after 16:30 CET), Daniel Morelli, manager of the Polish driver gave assurances that Robert’s injuries were not life threatening and that Doctors were focusing on Robert’s right-hand, which was badly injured in the crash. In the statement he said that “..it is not likely to require amputation of his right hand,” and reassured the waiting press that despite fractures to Robert’s leg and right arm, he expected Robert to recover in due time.

We will bring you further news when we receive it – the operation is still underway and not expected to finish until 20:00 CET this evening. Doctors will need to wait until Robert is conscious and able to move his right hand, before confirming if he is likely to suffer any enduring issues with his grip or mobility.

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