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Kubica leaves hospital

Posted: April 23, 2011 in News, Renault
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Renault have started the season well even without Kubica

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.

Kubica's crash rocked the F1 paddock

Nick Heidfeld has written an open letter to injured Robert Kubica to wish him a speedy recovery from his career-threatening smash.

The Pole suffered severe injuries in February after crashing during the Ronde di Andora rally.

Kubica underwent seven hours of surgery to save his right hand before having operations on his shoulder and leg, and later on his elbow.

Heidfeld was drafted in by Renault as a late replacement for him and scored a podium in Malaysia last weekend. It was the German’s thirteenth podium of his career – the most podiums any driver has won without winning a race.

Heidfeld and Kubica were team-mates for three seasons at BMW between 2007 and 2009.

The Renault driver wrote to German newspaper Bild and asked them to print the following letter:

Dear Robert,

Did you see that I printed your logo on the front of my helmet, and painted the Polish flag on the side? I wanted you to see that and to let you know that I’m thinking of you. I wanted to show your fans that you are a part of Formula 1 and of this team. This third place is also yours!

During the race I was often thinking of you. Crossing the finish line, happiness totally flooded my head. I know what you are thinking right now: “Lotus Renault GP has built such a wonderful car this year. I want to get back as soon as possible and drive it!”

You can do it, I wish you all the best for your rehabilitation. Get well soon!

Yours,

Nick

Lopez reminded critics of their off-season comments

Renault team owner Gerard Lopez today praised Vitaly Petrov on achieving his first podium in Formula 1 at the season opening Australian Grand Prix.

Petrov, 26, endured a difficult first season with the team last year scoring just 27 points and finishing 13th in the Drivers’ Championship.

Lopez described Petrov’s drive to third place, ahead of Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber, as “first class”.

“Vitaly did not make a single mistake all weekend long. His podium was not the result of unusual circumstances: he’s beaten the Ferraris and a Red Bull fair and square,” he said.

The Russian signed a two-year contract extension over the winter, a move which raised eyebrows in the F1 paddock.

Lopez said: “We’ve proved them wrong! As a country, Russia has been very strong in every sport. The only piece missing until now was a competitive racing driver. With Vitaly, Russia now has a fantastic ambassador and we are proud to have supported him.”

Petrov’s progress is a welcome boost to the Renault team who look to shake off the loss of Robert Kubica who was badly injured in a rallying accident during the off-season.