Robert Kubica

Renault team boss Eric Boullier travelled to Monaco after the Turkish Grand Prix and met with Robert Kubica for the first time since he was discharged from his Italian hospital, and he reported positive findings after meeting the 26-year-old.

Kubica suffered multiple fractures and a partial amputation of his right hand during a minor rally event, and was holed up in hospital recovering from several lengthy operations to repair his injuries.

Now having returned to his home at Monaco, Kubica has kick started the next phase of his rehabilitation to attempt to restore the functionality to his right hand. The process will also include several more minor operations, and the first of these occurred successfully yesterday.

“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 was quoted as saying.

“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.”

And while Kubica is yet to make an appearance at either the Renault factory or at a Grand Prix – although an appearance at the Monaco Grand Prix is hotly tipped, according to sources – the team has been keeping him in the loop with the latest developments.

“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,” Boullier added.

“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.”

[Original image via BBC]

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Richard Bailey

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