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Successful elbow operation for Kubica 17 Feb 2011

Robert Kubica (POL) Renault.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 17, Korean Grand Prix, Practice Day, Korea International Circuit, Yeongam, South Korea, Friday, 22 October 2010

As Renault confirmed Nick Heidfeld as his stand-in for the start of the 2011 season on Wednesday, Robert Kubica was busy recuperating from a third operation. The Polish driver remains in intensive care at Italy’s Santa Corona Hospital as he continues to recover from the serious injuries he sustained in a rally crash almost a fortnight ago.

Following an initial operation on his right forearm, Kubica underwent a second bout of surgery on his foot, shoulder, humerus, and anterior elbow last Friday. Wednesday’s third operation treated the complex fracture to his elbow.

“The operation lasted eight hours in order to stabilise and reconstruct the damaged fragments of the delicate joint structure,” explained the Renault team in a statement. “At the end of the surgery, the doctors were pleased with the outcome, with the procedure being completed successfully.”

Kubica will stay in intensive care for the next few days.