Renault's Kubica seriously injured in rally crash

Renault driver Robert Kubica has suffered serious injuries after crashing a car during a rally in Italy, according to reports.

The 26-year-old Pole was taking part in the Ronde di Andora Rally near Genoa when he left the road at high speed and crashed into a wall.

According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Kubica was taken to hospital with serious injuries to his arm and hand. His co-driver, Jakub Gerber was unhurt.

The start of the Formula One season is just over a month away, with the first grand prix to be held in Bahrain on March 13.