Injured Renault driver Robert Kubica has left hospital after ten weeks.
In February Kubica suffered a partially severed right hand and fractures in his right leg and arm while competing in the Ronde di Andora rally during the off-season.
Doctors are pessimistic about the Pole’s chances of driving this season and a cloud still remains over his long-term career prospects.
“I am starting to feel a lot better now. My recovery is moving in the right direction,” Kubica told the Renault official website earlier this week.
“My strength and weight are increasing day on day and as a result I will leave the Santa Corona hospital very soon.”
He said the mobility in his arm was improving on a daily basis and that his recovery was progressing at an expected rate.
Kubica also thanked everyone who had wished him well in recent weeks.
“I must admit that it’s been overwhelming and it’s helped me a lot. I really didn’t realise that quite this many fans were supporting me.
“I’m very flattered and I promise them that, when I’m back, I’ll give them my absolute best,” he said.
The Renault team has made a strong start to the season despite Kubica’s setback.
Russian Vitaly Petrov scored his first career podium inAustraliaand Kubica’s deputy, Nick Heidfeld, matched his third place in Malaysia.