7 Feb 2011

Kubica badly injured at rally

5:40 am on 7 February 2011

A month out from the start of the formula one season, the Polish driver Robert Kubica has been seriously injured at a motor rally in Italy.

Kubica was heading for the start in his Skoda when he slammed into a wall at high speed, and he's been undergoing surgery after suffering multiple fractures to his right arm, leg and hand, and internal trauma.

Subsequent reports have claimed he might lose a hand which was crushed in the crash.

It's not Kubica's first high speed crash. At the Canadian Grand Prix in 2007 his car hit a wall at 300 kilometres an hour, but he escaped with a sprained ankle and minor concussion.