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F1: Robert Kubica injured in rally, may miss season

News has been pouring in that Robert Kubica suffered multiple injuries after crashing  in a Rally. He may miss most, if not all, of the 2011 season as a result. This happened only a few days after setting fastest times in a pre season test in the new 2011 Lotus-Renault R30.

Robert’s a true petrol head, occassionally indulging in rallying satisfy his hunger for motorsports.  This is his 3rd major crash, after having screws in his hand following a car crash in 2003.  Kubica also survived a horrific crash in the Canadian Grand Prix in 2007, but he bounced back by winning the same GP a year later.

It’s been confirmed he has had surgery on his right arm, as his right hand was severly damaged in the crash. We hope Robert recovers well enough to continue racing in the years to come.

Renault team principal Eric Boullier defended the decision to let Kubica keep rallying but that decision now appears to have left his team without its lead driver for the year ahead. “Robert is a person we love dearly: we are extremely sad and obviously shocked,” he said “Whether it’s a Lotus, a Renault or a Skoda it doesn’t make any difference: it’s nothing to do with business. We’ve let him do it because rallying is what he loves to do. Rallying is vital for Robert and for his sanity. Besides that, there is a reciprocal agreement. We knew the risks and so did he. We didn’t want a robot or a corporate man for a driver.”

Renault has 5 reserve drivers to call upon though non have the same team leader qualities as Kubica. Bruno Senna, Romain Grosjean et all have very limited F1 experience. But should Renault bring in another experience driver to replace Kubica, it somewhat defeats the purpose of having reserve drivers.

About faisal

Faisal Asri has been involved in Automotive Companies and Motorsports his entire professional life. Currently attached to Honda Malaysia as a Product Planner, he also has driven for Honda Malaysia Racing Team in Merdeka Millennium (MME)12 Hr Race 2008. Previous claim to fame with R3 include doing the donkey work getting cars such as the Satria R3, Savvy Zerokit, Waja & GEN.2 MME from prototype to production ready. Together with Adian, Faisal also successfully ran the Street Shoot Out Challenge, introducing a more exciting Time Attack format to the Malaysian Grassroot fraternity. On top of that, he was involved trackside coordinating Proton-R3's Lotus to 2 successive victories in MME. Faisal moonlights as a Driving Instructor in many Track/Advance Driving events and freelances as a R/C Drift Judge when the opportunity arises. Can usually be seen in SIC driving cars as how the were meant to be, HARD.
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