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Kubica starts rehabilitation programme 22 Feb 2011

Robert Kubica (POL) Lotus Renault GP. 
Formula One Testing, Day 1, Valencia, Spain, Tuesday, 1 February 2011 The Lotus Renault GP team with a get well soon message for Robert Kubica (POL).
Formula One Testing, Day 2, Barcelona, Spain,  Saturday, 19 February 2011 Robert Kubica (POL) Lotus Renault GP R31.
Formula One Testing, Day 3, Valencia, Spain, Thursday, 3 February 2011

Renault’s Robert Kubica has been transferred from intensive care to the rehabilitation department of Italy’s Santa Corona Hospital as he continues to recover from the injuries he sustained in a rally accident earlier this month.

“He is doing pretty well and his condition is positive considering what he has been through,” the hospital’s Dr Rossello told Renault’s official website on Tuesday. “He can move his fingers slightly and has a little bit of sensitivity already in his hand. What is very important is that there is no sign of infection, which is the main concern.

“He no longer needs intensive care so he has begun the rehabilitation process. He is now in his own large room so that he is as comfortable as possible. He has already started some gentle hand exercises with the slight flexing of his fingers. He’s no longer in pain and his psychological condition is pretty good. He’s obviously keen to start the rehabilitation work as soon as possible.”

The Polish driver is expected to stay in the hospital’s rehabilitation department for at least a fortnight.

“For the next couple of weeks, he will stay here so we can monitor his condition,” added Rossello. “During that time there is still the possibility of infection and other complications so he will have the dressings on his hand changed every few days. After two weeks we will assess his next move.”

With Kubica expected to miss much of the 2011 Formula One season, Nick Heidfeld, Kubica's former team mate at BMW Sauber, has taken over driving duties for Renault alongside Vitaly Petrov.