Boullier: Kubicas condition continually improving 11 May 2011
Renault team principal Eric Boullier remains optimistic about Robert Kubicas progress, as the Polish driver continues to recover from the injuries he sustained in a rally crash back in February. Boullier visited Kubica in Italy after Sundays Turkish Grand Prix and reported back to the Renault factory on Tuesday.
Robert has made another step forward in his rehabilitation process and doctors are pleasantly surprised by the way in which his condition is improving, Boullier explained. Now, it is a matter of time, and even if patience isnt Roberts first quality, he is fully aware that rehabilitation could be quite a long process.
Kubica underwent three bouts of surgery in the immediate aftermath of the accident, which repaired serious injuries to his right forearm, foot, shoulder, humerus, and elbow. He was discharged from hospital late last month and has now entered the second phase of his treatment, which will entail heavy rehabilitation aimed at restoring functionality.
Although the focus has switched, Kubica will undergo several further routine operations over the coming weeks, the first of which was completed without hitch on Tuesday. Despite concentrating his full attention on his rehabilitation, Kubica is determined to keep up to date with news from the team.
We spoke about the latest developments of the car and of the team, and he was also interested to hear more on the details of the R31, tyres and strategies, added Boullier. Robert is still very much involved, keeping in touch with his engineers, and we have been keeping him informed of every important decision the team has taken. He may not be with us all of the time this year, but hes very much a part of the Lotus Renault GP family."
With no decision about a possible return to Formula One racing expected until later in the year, Kubicas seat at the team is temporarily occupied by his former BMW Sauber team mate Nick Heidfeld.
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