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Boullier: Kubica's condition continually improving 11 May 2011

Eric Boullier (FRA) Lotus Renault GP Team Principal.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 2, Malaysian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Sepang, Malaysia, Friday, 8 April 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

Renault team principal Eric Boullier remains optimistic about Robert Kubica’s 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 Sunday’s 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 isn’t Robert’s 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 he’s 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, Kubica’s seat at the team is temporarily occupied by his former BMW Sauber team mate Nick Heidfeld.

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