Renault driver Robert Kubica has left the Italian hospital where he has spent the last 10 weeks recovering from the injuries he suffered in a rally accident on February 6.
The 26-year-old emerged from the crash with a partially severed right hand and multiple fractures to his arms and legs, but has made a hasty recovery that has surprised many, including the driver himself.
“I am starting to feel a lot better now,” Kubica declared a few days before he was discharged from Santa Corona Hospital. “My recovery is moving in the right direction.”
The hospital also released a statement to say that “his condition is good”. The Pole was released on Saturday and has since travelled to his Monaco home for a short period of rest. He is soon due to begin “deep rehabilitation” and “preliminary soft training” programmes under the supervision of Dr Riccardo Ceccarelli, the team doctor at Renault.
Kubica is still restricted in the movement of his right hand, but he insists that this is “pretty normal in this kind of situation.”
“The connected arm muscles are still very weak due to the long period of immobility.”
Renault’s season has been far from immobile thus far, with Vitaly Petrov finishing third in Australia and Nick Heidfeld, Kubica’s temporary stand-in driver, taking the same position in Malaysia. The drivers currently occupy 7th and 8th in the drivers’ table respectively.
Kubica is keen to get back on the track and has been in regular contact with his team throughout the season.
“Since the season started, I've been liaising with my engineers on what's been going on over race weekends.
"They are sending me the race reports so I can remain up to date and fully informed, as if I were at the track.
“There's no doubt it's been a strong start to the season," added Kubica. "The potential of the car, which I already noticed in the Valencia test, seems to be confirmed. The guys did a great job with this car and I'm sure they'll continue to improve.”
There has been no date set for Kubica’s return to Formula One, but, if his condition continues to improve as it has been in recent weeks, a miraculous return to the cockpit could be possible this season.