Robert Kubica, a Formula One competitor and Renault's leading driver, was hospitalised Sunday with multiple fractures to his right arm, leg and hand after crashing during a rally in Italy.
REUTERS - Polish Formula One driver Robert Kubica suffered multiple fractures to his right arm, leg and hand in a high-speed crash on Sunday while competing in a rally in Italy, his Renault team said.
A team spokeswoman said Kubica, Renault's leading driver and a race winner in Canada in 2008 with his former BMW-Sauber team, had been flown to hospital.
"After undergoing extensive medical checks this morning, Robert Kubica has been diagnosed with multiple fractures to his right arm, leg and hand. He is currently undergoing surgery at the Santa Corona Hospital in Pietra Ligure," the Renault statement said.
With little more than a month to go before the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix, the 26-year-old will now almost certainly miss the start of the season.
Renault have Brazilian Bruno Senna and France's Romain Grosjean as their official third drivers. Senna competed last season for the HRT team while Grosjean started seven races for Renault in 2009.
Neither has ever scored a point in Formula One. Kubica's race team mate is Russian Vitaly Petrov, who made his debut last season.
Italian news agency ANSA said Kubica was heading to the start of the Ronde di Andora event near Genoa in a Skoda Fabia when the car went off the road and hit a church wall.
The co-driver Jacub Gerber got out unhurt while Kubica had to be extracted by firemen.
Kubica, a keen rally fan who has entered several events previously, tested the new Lotus-backed Renault in Valencia last week ahead of the Formula One season which starts in Bahrain on March 13.
The Pole walked away virtually unscathed from a huge crash in Canada in 2007 but still bears the scars of a serious road accident as a passenger in 2003 that left him with titanium bolts in his arm.
Date created : 2011-02-06